Chew writer Sarah Hamilton is back to intrigue with Hunters — a new short on stage next month.
Sarah won London Horror Festival‘s playwriting competition with Chew last year, which saw its reworked full-length version enjoy a 3-night run at Camden’s Etcetera Theatre in January. Now her new short Hunters is set to feature as part of Pint Sized Theatre‘s showcase on May 9 at The Pleasance Theatre in Islington.
Pint Sized describes Hunters as “original, incredibly intelligent and beautifully plotted”.
The play is set in the hot and sticky nights of Louisiana. Little Willa Jackson’s gone missing and Josh and Sammy are just the pair to help look for her. They’ve done this kind of thing before. Many times. But is this one missing kid too far for a couple who need to keep their own secrets hidden?
Sarah said: “I wrote Hunters in around June last year and submitted it along with Chew for a couple of short play competitions. Chew won London Horror Festival last year while Pint Sized loved Hunters and were keen to schedule it for a future showcase.
“Around the time of writing Hunters, I was reading The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King. It’s about a kid who goes missing in the woods and believes all kind of terrors are coming to get her. It made me think about search parties and what kind of people might join them, and the idea developed from there. I suppose Hunters is about impulses and instincts, self-determination versus fate, all wrapped up in a love story.
“I don’t think I’m a horror writer per se but I love intrigue and puzzles so it often manifests itself in sci-fy or noir themes, with theatricality utmost.”
Chew, about a psychiatry don tortured by his past, was Sarah’s first full length play to be staged and was described in A Younger Theatre review as “wildly different and captivating.” It continued: “It is clear that Hamilton has the ability to go far with her work and will create pieces of art that will grasp people in unique and interesting ways.”
Sarah said: “I’m just gobsmacked with reviews like that especially as I know I’ve only been doing this properly for five minutes and still have a lot to learn. But I’m really excited about seeing Hunters on its feet and hope it will delight horror and theatre fans alike.”
Hunters, directed by Nicholas Oliver, is at The Pleasance Theatre, Islington, on May 9 at 7.30pm. The night includes a live band playing tailor-made tracks to 8 pieces of new writing.
For more and tickets, visit: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/pint-sized#overview