Old Vic 24 Hour Plays
Zombie Nation: A group of school friends are brought back together for the funeral of their classroom hampster. But with relationships frayed between old class mates, and feelings left unspoken, nobody is keen to stick around. A chilling nightmare for the Facebook generation.
Part of the Old Vic's 24 Hour plays festival 2011. Written by Alex Oates.
Cast and Creative
Ben - Ben Stott
Liam - Liam Mansfield
Beth - Beth Miller
Craig - Craig Ritchie
While it may be tempting to think simplicity is the key to success in such tight time pressures, Alex Oates’s remarkable Zombie Nation proves the opposite to be true...This thriller turns out to be an achingly funny and devastatingly sad encounter between old school friends, who are still struggling with the baggage of their youth. One minute Ben Stott is tugging at our heartstrings with a tale of unrequited love, the next he is playing a Backstreet Boys song on a ukulele – the complexity of Zombie Nation stands out for showing what brilliance can be achieved in such tough conditions.
Lois Jeary, A Younger Theatre
Among many fine offerings, Alex Oates’ play Zombie Nation is a standout: the Facebook generation’s greatest fear, gone large.
Kate Maltby, The Spectator