Today’s the day! We’re thrilled to finally unveil Burn Bright Theatre’s first project - and we think it’s certainly been worth the wait. Join us at the Space from 24th March - 11th April for a three-week run of Vernon God Little, adapted by Tanya Ronder from the novel by DBC Pierre.
Fifteen-year-old Vernon Gregory Little is in trouble. The tiny, flea-bitten town of Martirio – barbeque sauce capital of Texas - is in shock after Vernon’s best friend Jesus Navarro massacres sixteen of their classmates before turning his gun on himself.
With Jesus dead and nobody left to blame, the Martirio townsfolk are looking for a scapegoat. And with the appearance of charming but sadistic television reporter Eulalio “Lally” Ledesma, Vernon soon finds himself in hot water. There’s only one answer: take inspiration from the film Against All Odds and run away to Mexico. But the law is in hot pursuit, the TV cameras are rolling, and before too long, the eyes of the entire world are on Vernon.
Nominated for an Olivier for Best New Play during its Young Vic premiere in 2007, Vernon God Little is a darkly comic look at the commercialisation of horror - and the importance of looking out for other people. Complete with a rhinestone-studded country and western soundtrack and a dollop of barbeque sauce, this exciting piece of theatre proves that desperate times can throw up the most unlikely of heroes.
This daring, contemporary script encompasses our company’s passion for complex characters and exciting storytelling. We are looking forward to creating a production that weaves catchy music, stylised movement and gripping scenes into a free-wheeling, fast-talking, foot-stomping night at the theatre.
We’re incredibly excited to be presenting the show as a co-production with six-time Off West End Award-nominated Space Productions. The Space has been a key part of Burn Bright Theatre’s genesis, and this is an amazing opportunity to learn from the best. We can’t think of a better venue to be collaborating with and are looking forward to developing our creative partnership with this brilliant theatre further over the next few months.
We’ll be updating our blog with behind-the-scenes snippets right through to opening night, so stay tuned for exciting updates and backstage gossip!