THE GOOD TIMES
A NEW PLAY BY TOM LODGE
ba bum ba bum
as I’m eating my toast
ba bum ba bum
on the bus to school
ba bum ba bum as I’m in my room
ba bum ba bum ba bum ba bum
all the time, I’d be sat there
thinking about death
Did you hear the one about the stand-up going to jail? The one where she loses her job and her friends don’t text her anymore? It’s a good one, promise.
The Good Times is a new play about the limits of forgiveness by Tom Lodge. Unnerving and humorous, it examines celebrity culture and the duties of power as it jumps between group therapy, faded conversations and surreal chorus musings. Supported by The Young Vic as part of The Young Director's Program, and Sheffield Theatre’s Making Room Summer Residencies.
Tom Lodge is a working-class playwright from North Yorkshire, with an interest in formally inventive, politically engaged work. He is a graduate of the HighTide Academy, Royal Court Introductory Group and Soho Theatre Writer’s Lab. His work has been performed at Sheffield Theatres, Theatre503, The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, and the Bunker Theatre.
Matilda Reith is a Genesis-shortlisted director who has worked with Out of Joint, Royal & Derngate, Oxford Playhouse, The Royal Exchange, Theatr Clwyd, Camden People's Theatre, The Pleasance, and New Diorama. She is next directing the international tour of WALKING TO JERUSALEM written and performed by Justin Butcher.
Running time: 65 minutes
Age guidance: 16+
Trigger warning: Allusions to sexual violence, language, reference to alcohol and drug use, suicidal thoughts
Warning: Features loud music