An Original Salida Productions and Dream Epic
A World Premiere of
By David Kantounas
“Because it’s ideas that turn these things and they can be unstoppable. This book, it feeds on fear, on the worst of people. I know I wrote it. I’m the prophet to the end of our world.”
Harry, a young English writer, arrives in a foreign country on the brink of civil war. He’s there to make a difference, but his actions have catastrophic consequences that will resonate for years to come.
Spanning continents and decades, this raw, poetic play looks at how dangerous good intentions can be, exploring the collision between personal responsibility and collective destinies.
"The script by David Kantounas is poignant and original...With a cracking cast and simple but eloquent staging, this is a raw and cutting performance that will bring audiences to the brink".
“This play has its heart entirely in the right place. Anyone with half a conscience who has worked abroad will cringe with guilty recognition.”
“God alone knows what the title means This fast-moving, hard-hitting play has much to say about the road to hell being paved with good intentions”.
"Thought-provoking and wonderfully enacted, a profound message, political."
Kantounas is a writer with plenty to say, and his rattling dialogue is filled with dry humour.
Kantounas has a lot to say about external intervention in conflicts not properly understood. Harry expects his work to be respected by the people of the country – symbolised by a single girl, played with fitting fire and confusion by Andrea Pelaez – and when this doesn’t happen he becomes frustrated, volatile. The performances are strong, particularly that of James Cunningham as the wiry, worn-down Bill The writing, and its intentions, abounds with potential.
CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
Gutter Junky was first performed at Assembly Hall Edinburgh as a co-production between Salida Productions and Dream Epic. The original cast were:
Harry: Richard Maxted
Bill: James Cunningham
Girl: Andrea Pelaez
Director: Fiona Clift
Movement: Andrea Pelaez
Lighting: Nicki Brown
Sound: David McSeveney
Composer: Alexis Rosss