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Hidden - Cockpit Theatre and on tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

HIDDEN, written and performed by Laura Lindsay and Peter Carruthers, will visit London’s Cockpit Theatre (April 8 to April 12, 2014) as part of a national tour.

The urban jungle. Six people, six ordinary lives and one thing in common. Everyone has something to hide, something they would prefer others not to know, some tiny piece of shame, something tucked away for the sake of appearance, something … hidden.

But all lives cross and interweave, we pass in the night, meet eyes on a crowded train, click on a computer screen … we present ourselves to the world… we connect.

Delving into the lives of six young people living in the city sprawl, Hidden reveals an intriguing puzzle of how their paths interweave and unravel in a modern urban world.

Exploring themes of constructed identities, connected lives and the need for secrecy versus the search for intimacy, Hidden is described as an insightful and darkly witty study of modern manners.

Hidden, Lindsay and Carruthers’ debut play, enjoyed a critically acclaimed sell-out run at Underbelly in Edinburgh last August as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Hidden is presented by Black Toffee in association with Harrogate Theatre, where the tour opens on January 28, 2014.

Black Toffee was formed by Laura Lindsay in 2011 with the aim of producing high quality theatre and film which reflect modern society and challenge perspectives. Laura and Peter Carruthers met during training at Arden School of Theatre in Manchester, where they discovered a mutual love of new writing, an interest in human psychology and a shared dark sense of humour.

As well as Hidden, the pair has collaborated on two short films, one of which, Fall Out (which follows a veteran suffering with PTSD) has been commended by Sir Patrick Stewart as ‘extremely powerful’ and won Best Short Film at the GI Film Festival in Washington .

Laura Lindsay was recently nominated for ‘Best Actress’ in the Buxton Fringe Awards for her performance in In a Land Much Like Ours. She has worked with Fringe First winners Look Left Look Right on their sell-out shows You Once Said Yes and Above and Beyond. Her other theatre credits include performances at The Lowry, The Royal Exchange and 24:7 Theatre Festival. Her screen credits include Prisoners’ Wives and Emmerdale.

Peter Carruthers runs a film company Peter Carruthers Films, under which he has written, produced and starred in three short films: Fall Out, Never Forget and Civvy Street. Never Forget was selected for a feature length collection of short films called 50 Kisses which is due for national release in February this year. Civvy Street was commissioned by the NHS and he has further commissions in 2014 to raise awareness of mental health issues. His theatre credits include performances at The Lowry and regional tours of the North West.

Tickets: £10, £8 concessions – available from the box office on 020 7258 2925 or online at www.thecockpit.org.uk/.

Times: 7pm on April 8, 10 and 12; 9pm on April 9 and 11.

Following Harrogate, Hidden will continue to Halifax, Mansfield, Bolton, Salford, Preston, Liverpool, Buxton, London, Scarborough and Derby.