Film of Sophie Ellerby’s acclaimed play, Lit, to be released online

Nottingham Playhouse and HighTide Theatre will make Sophie Ellerby’s critically acclaimed Lit available on demand in June after its stage premiere in 2019

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Eve Austin and Maxine Finch. Photo: Pamela Raith

Sophie Ellerby’s acclaimed play, Lit, is to be released online as a film in a co-production between Nottingham Playhouse and HighTide Theatre.

It will be available to watch on demand from 1 to 29 June, with a watch party with the producers at 7.30pm on 1 June. Tickets are available via the Nottingham Playhouse website.

Eve Austin is returning for the lead role of Bex alongside Josh Barrow, Tiger Cohen-Towell, Maxine Finch, Kieran Hardcastle and Jim Pope.

Directed by Stef Driscoll, the production premiered in 2019 at HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh, Omnibus Theatre in Clapham in London, and Nottingham Playhouse.

Ellerby said: “Lit is about Bex: hilarious, vibrant and cheeky. I’m excited for her to burst into audience’s homes, full force.

“Since its first run in 2019, issues present in the play have been magnified further. What progress has been made regarding consent?

“Shout out to Everyone’s Invited, a website that went viral in 2020, raising awareness about rape culture in education settings. I hope Lit continues to spark conversation and empathy.

“If you’re someone who has personal experience of this, do consider if the content will be triggering and put your self-care first. Spread the word and spread the love.”

Driscoll added: “I’m really excited to be directing Lit again. It’s a play for the Netflix generation who want a narrative that is thrilling, witty, and packs an emotional punch. Audiences will be taken on a journey with Bex that unmasks what it means to be a young woman today.”

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