Vera gets soaked again

Published: 3 October 2014
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Alison Carr

The Soaking of Vera Shrimp, which had a scratch performance at Live Theatre last year, gets its first full production at the theatre this month.

The one-woman show about grief, love and never giving up will be performed from Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 October at 8PM.

Performer Tessa Parr steps onto the stage to tell the story of fourteen-year-old Vera Shrimp who discovers that she has an extraordinary ability: she can ‘read’ raindrops, each one having soaked up an emotion from those their water has come into contact with. And amongst all of the hundreds of millions of raindrops falling from the sky, Vera starts the search for the one that holds what she is desperate to find.

Playwright Alison Carr won a development bursary from Live Theatre and The Empty Space at the Bursary Scratch Night in December 2013, following the previous bursary winner Alistair McDowall who won the bursary in 2012 to develop his critically acclaimed show Captain Amazing.

Her theatre credits include Noise & Fat Alice (Write Here Festival, Traverse); A Wondrous Place (Northern Spirit, tour); Never Rains But It Pours (LabFest13 Theatre503); Can Cause Death (National Theatre, Northern Stage, Latitude); The Girls From Poppyfield Close, Clint, Tittle Tattle Tattletale (Live Theatre); Have A Heart (Traverse Theatre); Until It’s Gone (nabokov/Live); Desert, Fine, When It Falls (Soho Theatre); But Otherwise Went Well, The 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic New Voices); Blood & Money (Prague Fringe Festival); Come To Where I’m From (Paines Plough/Live); Mam, Dad, Monkey & Me (New Writing North); Quick Bright Things, My Mam Was An Ice-Cream Blonde (People’s Theatre); Patricia Quinn Saved My Life (5065 Lift, Edinburgh & London).

The Soaking of Vera Shrimp is directed by Rosie Kellagher.