A young boy is separated from his mother and goes missing in Disneyland. Adrift in the artificial world of giant mice and noisy parades, nobody can account for what happened in the seven frantic hours before he’s found.
Years later his life seems normal; stable; happy. But something about that day haunts him. Something about that day remains unresolved. And then, he disappears again …
Colder explores the infinite unknowns surrounding missing persons and the fog of purgatory that engulfs those left behind. How do you grieve someone’s loss when your only hope is their return?
Directed by Alyson Campbell for Red Stitch Actors Theatre, March 2018.
“It’s a daring piece, both formally and thematically, and there is simply no one who could bring it to fruition better than director Alyson Campbell… Campbell gets the fiendish novelistic details in Philpott’s work, the repetitions and echoes, the broken and syncopated rhythms in the writing, the intricate temporal loops, and she ushers it expertly to the stage.”
“Philpott is without doubt one of the greatest playwrights this country has produced, and this play – in some ways scathing about the flippant, cynical connections that seethe under the surface of gay life – is as uncompromising about the isolation that underpins all human relationships as it is riveting and profound about the ways we choose to connect.”