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The Incomers - Pleasance Theatre

The Incomers

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS spring, Murray Lachlan Young’s The Incomers, a ‘blisteringly funny, rural tale of sex, drugs and perfectly seared scallops’, runs at Islington’s Pleasance Theatre from Monday, May 13 to Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Described as a hideously entertaining black farce, The Incomers finds four friends slowly stripped of all their pretensions and secrets, and is set in rural countryside, as a full moon rises over a remote, windswept cottage. The children are in bed, wine is breathing nicely and the dinner is in the oven.

It’s Gordon and Celia’s wedding anniversary. They’ve asked their oldest and dearest friends Zach and Jane down from London. The only problem is that Zach and Jane aren’t Zach and Jane anymore. Jane has gone and Julia – the 25-year-old, French burlesque dancer, has taken her place.

What starts as a simple celebration quickly descends into farce as devastating revelations unravel, until it becomes perfectly and painfully clear that no one has been telling the truth for a very long time.

Written entirely in Young’s characteristic verse, The Incomers will, according to the press release, have audiences gasping in shock and roaring with laughter in equal measures.

Young, who spent ten years living in rural Cornwall before returning to London said: “I love the Westcountry sense of humour and I love the way things get done and undone. It may seem strange to those who come to a performance of The Incomers, but it is my tribute to the west.

“Many people, when moving to rural areas find that the countryside has different plans for them than they had originally hoped for.”

Young is a 6 Music resident poet and regular BBC Radio 2 contributor.

The Incomers features a strong cast fronted by Rory Wilton, best known as Chippy Miller in the popular television series Doc Martin.

Wilton said: “Murray’s script is pure gold. It’s an outrageously dark comic farce, where four head strong characters are slowly stripped of their outer layers of pretence and their deepest secrets are both painfully and pleasurably revealed. Three of our characters end up gloriously savaged with no option but to take a good hard look at everything we’ve come to stand for.

“Dancing, stripping, sea bass and Chateaux le fete, all play their saucy parts in the arrival at the table of that most unwelcome of guests: total brutal honesty.”

Tickets: £12 – available from the box office on 020 7609 1800 or online at

Time: 7.30pm.