Rub Out is a research project exploring how Little Fish can develop morally intricate stories that more accurately reflect the complex lives of young people. It is a companion piece exploring the impact of a sexual assault on a group of young people. It is being toured to audiences that have also seen our recent Viralize production. The company wanted to discover what happens when the characters in young people’s theatre are not presented as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ but as morally flawed human beings. What is the impact of not being shown ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ role models? Is theatre so powerful that young people and the environment they inhabit require closed moral fables to make it feel ‘safe’?
Written by Alex Cooke and directed by Suha Al-Khayyat. Funded by Arts Council England.