by Philip Ridley
produced by First Knight Theatre Company
Jill is expecting her first baby and she and her husband Ollie are desperate to find a home of their own for their new family… But HOW??
In this diabolically funny, vicious dark comedy a government department has found an ingenious solution to the twin dilemmas of housing shortage and homelessness. Be prepared to be appalled at yourself for laughing out loud at the horrors revealed in this wickedly funny play.
Home ownership is slipping out of reach: no matter how hard they work, it’s becoming more and more difficult for young people to buy a home of their own. Levels of homelessness are rising: more than 2,000 people a year will have no roof over their head and end up sleeping rough.
At a time of crisis in the housing market, how far would you be prepared to compromise your principals to secure a home for you and your family?
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a really funny and thought-provoking play. The action is fast and furious … holding the audience’s attention from start to finish. Radiant Vermin is a very funny, very poignant play… Brilliantly observed and written and expertly played, the show forces the audience to question the basics of what is right and what is wrong. ★★★★★ London Theatre 1
Radiant Vermin is a deliciously dark comedy staged with impeccable timing around the Black Friday hysteria. The only thing you really need to buy this week is a ticket. ★★★★ Fairy Powered Productions
this is a great show, thought-provoking and funny, demonstrating that the greatest seriousness can lie in making people laugh and then feel guilty about what they’re laughing at. Comedy, at its best, remains an angry art. ★★★★ London Pub Theatres
Philip Ridley’s wicked black comedy is both very funny and deeply disturbing… Laura Janes and Matthew John Wright squirm and wriggle, prevaricate and lust splendidly as they do the unthinkable… Director Dan Armour has kept it all moving briskly and this First Knight production is a roller coaster ride to somewhere you don’t really want to go that everyone taking it should enjoy. ★★★★ Reviewsgate
Deeply disturbing but undeniably funny, Radiant Vermin is a cleverly written play… We all like to think we wouldn’t take the deal – but in a world where materialism reigns and enough is never enough, can we ever really know for sure? Theatre Things
Anyone with scruples will find that Ripley’s text is an invitation to to probe their conscience and consumerist aspirations, but not before providing a wonderfully entertaining 90 minutes. British Theatre Guide
Radiant Vermin by Philip Ridley
Directed by Dan Armour
Laura Janes, Emma Sweeney, Matthew John Wright