This is Billy MacGuire’s story. Billy, Lucy’s pimp, dealer and landlord. He sold her and left Jamie, her ‘ward’, for dead. Once the loving son of doting parents, he was ten when his dad came home a Gulf War hero. It was all downhill from there. A soldier, like his dad, Billy returned from war unfulfilled and addicted to the rush of adrenaline. He has lost everything, including his soul. Now he has a chance to redeem himself.
Gridluck is the final part in The Big ‘A’ Trilogy, three stories linked by one person and three forms of addiction. Along with ‘Off Her Facebook!‘ and ‘Damaged Goods‘ the stories work as stand alone dramas, as a trilogy and as a powerful tool for audiences to examine addiction, attitudes towards this stigmatised illness and the opportunity to seek help if necessary.
Gridluck is being premiered at The StudioTheatre in Salisbury on 17th and 18th October, it is the third part of a trilogy about addiction. This performance is the indulgent cut, designed for the public audience to show the difference in styles for the Theatre in Education audience and the general release. This particular version is darker and does contain some scenes that I wouldn’t want to show to under-fifteens who may find aspects offensive. It is suitable for an audience aged above 15yrs. The TiE cut has the language toned down and the some scenes adapted to suit. Due to the subject matter, adrenaline addiction, it has to have an element of danger.