Paperback, 100 pages ISBN: 9781839040986Publication Date:
14 Apr 2022
Size: 198mm x 129mm£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)
Ebook, 100 pages ISBN: 9781788505956Publication Date:
14 Apr 2022
£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)
First Staged:
Fifth Word Theatre at Nottingham Playhouse, 2018

Lava (2022 edition)

By James Fritz

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A small asteroid has hit the capital city. Thousands have been displaced. And in a town far away, a young man called Vin is finding it hard to talk. The only person who seems to notice is Rach, who resolves to find out what's troubling him and help him find his voice again.

But when Rach's family take in an articulate and charismatic survivor of the asteroid incident, Vin's silence is no longer her first priority. How does it feel when the suffering of others seems more legitimate than our own?

James Fritz's Lava is a timely play about grief and the power of expression, rocking with raw emotion and sharp humour. It premiered at Nottingham Playhouse in 2018, in a co-production with Fifth Word who commissioned the play. It was revived on tour in 2022, including a run at Soho Theatre, London.

This version of Lava is also available in the collection James Fritz Plays: One.

Also available: the earlier, 2018 edition of Lava, available as an ebook

Q&A Podcast: listen to a Q&A with James Fritz about his play Lava, recorded in April 2020 as part of the NHB Playgroup series...

Press Quotes

'Compassionate, warm and funny... Fritz's work pairs structural playfulness with emotional intelligence and inky wit... his plays are contained and compassionate, and frequently find reservoirs of humour in places you wouldn't expect'

The Stage

'Witty, inventive, and heart-warming... if you want to make an audience cry, you have to make them laugh first. Lava does both beautifully... raucous laughter, followed by absolute stillness and heartache'

Everything Theatre

'A play that unpicks experiences and perceptions of grief in a truly unique, engaging way, and one that deserves to have a very long life'

Broadway World
Paperback,100 pages ISBN: 9781839040986Publication Date:
14 Apr 2022
Size: 198mm x 129mm£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)
Ebook,100 pages ISBN: 9781788505956Publication Date:
14 Apr 2022
£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)

Also by James Fritz:

James Fritz Plays: One
The Flea
Parliament Square
Ross & Rachel
Four Minutes Twelve Seconds
Start Swimming
Skyscraper Lullaby
The Fall
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