Hidden is a darkly comic story of six characters, their secrets and the intriguing puzzle of how they interweave and unravel in a modern urban world. Hidden peels back the surface and explores the inside.
Meet Claire, searching for an unexpected item in her bagging area.
Meet Gareth, wrestling over breakfast.
Meet Cara, wondering if she's value for funny.
Meet James, breaking the rules on the ten past eight.
Meet Nina, crossing the thin blue line.
Meet Colin, knowing it's wrong, but he just can't help himself.
Meet ordinary lives. Meet inner thoughts. Meet what happens when they meet each other.
Hidden is co-written and performed by Laura Lindsay and Peter Carruthers and was first performed in 2011. It was selected to be part of Manchester Library Theatre's Re:play Festival (a selection of the best of Manchester's fringe theatre) at The Lowry in January 2013.
The piece started with a single monologue which Laura wrote for herself to get over her fear of monologues. A case of feel the fear and do it anyway. It paid off as the monologue was very well received and Laura was encouraged to develop it into a longer piece. She started writing it as a one-woman show, but it became apparent something was missing. Peter came to the rescue and offered to collaborate. As they wrote, a theme began to emerge of secrecy and isolation in the modern world and how much of ourselves we keep from others. And so Hidden was born. Its initial incarnation was performed at Preston ‘Tringe’ Festival in 2011. They later performed it at Joshua Brooks in November 2011 where Martin Jameson saw it and offered to provide dramaturgical advice on how to develop the piece, and also offered to direct it. The play is produced under the production company, Black Toffee, which Laura and Peter have recently set up together.
As part of the development of the piece Black Toffee have commissioned talented musician Harri Chambers to compose some original music for the piece. Harri has worked with Martin previously on Loaded at this year’s 24:7 Theatre Festival. Some of this music can be heard on the trailer below. Owen Rafferty has done a sterling job of editing the trailer and also designed the soundscape for the show.
Black Toffee are planning on taking the piece to Edinburgh Fringe in August 2013.
We are currently scheduling a national tour for Spring 2014, if you are interested in programming Hidden, please do drop us a line via the contact form, we'd love to hear from you.