In a civil society, what are the limits of what can and cannot be said?
Three static gargoyles, believing themselves to be angels, sit atop three plinths atop a cathedral. The First, an entitled rule-maker, imparts his wisdom on The Second, a consensus builder, and The downtrodden Third. Sleeping by day, the gargoyles spend their nights examining their origins, desires, politics and purpose.
One fateful day, after wedding bells chime, to they other ‘Angel’s’ horror, The First is granted the gift of movement. Will he be free, fly away and explore the world beyond? Or will he stay for the good of ‘the brotherhood’?
Using absurdist farce, The Offensive is a satirical parable navigating the logical rabbit holes of modern day identity politics to explore the case for freedom of expression.
The Offensive is one of six original one-act plays that make up the WRiTEON Festival, a celebration of new writing across all three ADC venues: the ADC Auditorium, the Corpus Playroom, and the Larkum Studio. This unique collection spans genres, themes and styles. Dip in or complete the set for the full experience.