Barnstaple's Fringe Theatre Festival    June 20-23 2013

The First Cut

outcastheatre productions

Debuting at the Barnstaple Fringe TheatreFest, local company outcastheatre productions provides an original, compelling story performed in an intimate, minimalist style. The intention is to offer the audience something different. The First Cut is designed to be strange, unsettling and thought-provoking. It's dark entertainment for those who like drama to get under the skin.


Written, directed and performed by locals, The First Cut is a follow-up piece to a story featured in the Positional Vertigo short story collection, published by Askance. Local writer Thomas Ogden has adapted his original story and also performs. Director Carol Vincent Smythe has followed up her productions of Dracula and Alice in Wonderland (or fear and loathing down the rabbit hole), both seen at the Plough Art Centre, with something on a smaller scale. The First Cut is a two-hander in a tight space with hard-hitting themes.


Focusing on a meeting between a desperate young man looking for his sister, and an enigmatic, reclusive woman living alone, The First Cut explores manipulation, guilt, confession, trust and self-mutilation. The balance between the need for understanding and the fear of judgment is the play's central theme.






age 16+
references to sexual abuse
and moderate violence on stage
35 mins