Enveloped in Velvet
dir. Cat Robey
Four people strive for raw sensation amid beer, neglect and teeth.
“I don’t want to talk about your weekend or about the weather. Because I don’t care.
And more importantly, you don’t care.”
In a series of interweaving monologues, these characters expose the struggle between how they really feel and how they’re conditioned to feel. Connected but separate, their stories eventually collapse and collide towards a shared place and a shared experience.
In this fiercely honest investigation of human connection and social isolation, the audience are placed at the very centre of the experience. Enveloped in Velvet is an arresting piece of theatre that provokes audiences simply by speaking to them, directly.
A new play by playwright Piers Black-Hawkins, whose previous work has been with Soho Theatre, The Royal Exchange, HOME and who was recently shortlisted for the BBC Alfred Bradley Bursary Award.
Following development with HOME and IdeasTap, Ransack and director Cat Robey (Off-West End Award Nominee for Best Director 2013) have made Enveloped in Velvet into a site-responsive piece of theatre. Appearing in a railway arch as part of Flow Salford in September 2015 in association with The Lowry, then in an abandoned house in Peckham as part of BasicSpace Festival and most recently in a bar above the Arts Theatre in the West End.