By Stephen Tomas
Directed by Stephen Cunningham and Derek Coe
‘Everyone is so kind. I can’t bear it. I could burn the room down with everyone in it.’
Write a letter to someone you’ve loved and lost. Now read it out to a room full of strangers.
Tender and chilling by turns, Lossless is a new two-part play about living with loss.
In ‘Ghost Vocal’ an elderly widow’s haunting stream-of-consciousness narrative written to her dead husband hints at unspoken resentments beneath the superficial ordinariness of their lives together. There’s only one problem: she’s forgotten her glasses and can’t read it.
Part Two, ‘End Sequence’, charts the effects of the loss of a young woman on her brother and his young daughter. In a detached but devastating address to his sister, the man attempts to make sense of a death he might have prevented.
Stephen Tomas’s previous plays Fugue and Hold Off the Earth have both been produced by OVO.
Praise for Fugue (October 2019):
‘Atmospheric, mesmeric and multi-layered. … As a study of grief in all its manifestations and how it can cause worlds to turn in unimaginable ways, it was first rate.’ (Herts Advertiser)
‘I was speechless. An astonishing piece of new writing.’
‘Overwhelmed! An utterly beautiful production.’
‘Every breath, syllable and footstep perfectly placed. Very moved.’