The Maddening Rain had an excellent 2010, and now the darkly comic story of success and loss is in the Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, as part of a UK tour and New York run at Brits off Broadway festival.
The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter’s most vibrant dramatic venue, opened a new play by Neil Bebber, entitled Cul-De-Sac.
The play is built on an intriguing premise: an asteroid plummets towards the earth, promising the end of civilization, and three sets of neighbours who have never actually spoken to each other before are finally forced to interact. This is all in a very English, very white middle class kind of a way, and in marked contrast to the overblown histrionics and heroics we have seen in countless Hollywood depictions of the apocalypse. At one point the character “Carla” openly laments the lack of blind panic (and more precisely, the lack of blind panic induced public love-making…!)