by Tom Lycos and Stefo Nantsou
Originally created and produced by Zeal Theatre, Australia
Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch’s production of King Hit:
Performers Owain Llŷr Edwards
Stage Manager Dan Jones
Director Tom Lycos
Welsh translation of King Hit Owain Llŷr Edwards
Resource pack Mari Rhian Owen, Teilo Trimble
Design Carwyn Blayney, Teilo Trimble
Photography Keith Morris, Teilo Trimble
Short Synopsis of the Play
Tula is having a birthday party at her place and the theme is a Blues Brothers pizza night.
TULA Everyone’s coming, they’re all going to be here any minute now.
A big crowd arrives including the rugby boys, the geeks, the stoners and Narrator Ben.
BEN By the time I arrive, there’s a big crowd, noisy, and everyone’s already half pissed
Ben’s best friend Gary and the big rugby giant Blondie start a growing feud.
BLONDIE You touch one of our beers Gary, and you’re dead.
GARY It’s a party, come on, spare us a beer ya big goon!
The party goes into overdrive when Tula’s parents leave the house and the pizzas arrive.
BLONDIE Nothing worse than a stoner with the munchies.
COREY Or the cliché meathead footy jock with the brain the size of a rat turd.
BLONDIE I could squash you with one finger you little jerk.
Ben’s fear and paranoia grows into a full blown anxiety attack.
BEN Sometimes you can feel it in the air, like something really bad is about to happen.
Everyone starts losing control when the Rugby boys’ drinking game gets out of hand.
BLONDIE Right…whose turn is it? Everyone gets a go…..no exceptions, no excuses…
Gary steals the rugby boys’ beer and the party turns ugly.
BLONDIES Who stole all our beers?
GARY It was the Tooth Fairy…and Santa Clause, and now they’re both maggotted…haha ha
Blondie king-hits Gar and the back of his head hits the edge of the coffee table.
BEN You can hear that crack and squelch sound…and then the next bit I find hard to believe…
The rugby boys stomp on Gary’s head and leave the party; police and paramedics arrive and Gary is in a coma.
GARY’S FATHER The doctors asked us to turn his life support off but we wouldn’t let them.
The second half of the play is a documentary-style describing the post-king-hit events
CATHY Let’s move him outside so your parents don’t find out.
BARTEK It was brutal, I mean really, really brutal….and all over a couple of beers.
PARAMEDIC I don’t think this boy will make it.
BLONDIE Wasn’t my fault, it was the coffee table that killed the guy.
TULA It was all my fault, I shouldn’t have had the party.
BEN I felt like a coward ‘cause I didn’t help Corey.
Corey’s family are at the hospital every day, Ben visits and apologises for not helping save the fight.
BEN No one likes me ‘cause I ran out on ya. I’m still your best friend. Gary? Can ya hear me?
The play ends with a recreation of the events leading up to the king-hit and how easily it could have been avoided.
King-Hit Performance Style
The performance style draws the audience into the fascinating world of its numerous characters – using accurately observed humour and precise characterisation.
As with all Zeal Theatre productions, KING-HIT is performed in a minimalist style – there are no props and extremely minimal costume changes.
The set is only two stages and two stools with a black and white chequered mat delineating the kitchen area of the party.
Even so, the show is engaging and and accessible to a wide audience.
Arad Goch is proud to be producing another of Zeal Theatre’s shows and to welcome Tom Lycos back to direct this production. We are always glad to hear from pupils or teachers who have experienced one of our shows. Contact us with your comments or questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canolfan Arad Goch, Stryd y Baddon, Aberystwyth, SY23 2NN