In Collective Rage, the lives of five very different New York women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex and “theat-ah.” As they meet, fall in love, rehearse, revel and rage, they realise that they’ve been stuck reading the same scripts for far too long.
They all come from different backgrounds, and are bored or angry about different things, but the Betty’s – each one numbered 1-5 – come together to rehearse a new version of Pyramus and Thisbe, the play within a play in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. What follows are discoveries, transformations and raucous comedy.
Hitting the ring with an electrifying soundtrack, looks to kill and spectacular routines, this outrageous comedy packs the punch to shatter lacquered femininity into a thousand glittering pieces. Strongly influenced by cabaret and female drag, this exquisite rejection of shame and stereotype will punch you in the gut, break your heart and then take you dancing.
Collective Rage had its UK premiere at the Southwark Playhouse.