The Static

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DOI: 10.5040/9781408173466.00000002
Scenes: 23. Roles: Male (2) , Female (2) , Neutral (0)

In his Writer's Note, Davey Anderson says: ' I saw him on a train. There he was wearing a giant pair of headphones playing nothing but white noise. 'Why would someone listen to static?' I thought, 'What other sounds is he trying to drown out?' The question troubled me. I became a bit obsessed. I started remembering the delusion I used to have as a teenager, the awful paranoia that my thoughts were somehow seeping out of my head. I took the same train every day for a week. I never saw him again, but I started to paint a picture of him in my mind. I even gave him a name. Sparky.'

Sparky is a bright but volatile 15-year-old boy on the brink of permanent exclusion from school. Then one day he falls under the spell of a seemingly psychic girl called Siouxsie and develops his own kinetic superpower. But will it save him or push him over the edge?

Set in a high school in a small town on the west coast of Scotland, The Static is a coming-of-age love story about what happens when our darkest dreams come true. Commissioned and produced by ThickSkin, it was first performed on 4 August 2012 at Underbelly, Edinburgh.

From The Static and Blackout

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Davey Anderson

ISBN: 9781408173435

Series: Modern Plays

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