Fatbergs - huge, festering masses of fat and rubbish blocking the sewer systems of 2019 - are symptoms of our unsustainable, flush away society. In 2432, the most disgusting evidence of humanity is now repurposed and is the cornerstone of continuing life in Londonberg - a city divided and on the brink of destruction. For fatberg is and always was a thing of danger, containing unknown qualities. Undermined - the Fatberg Musical is a full-length dystopian comedy/horror, set in a dynamic, visual world with a blasting original soundtrack. The show explores our relationship to our own waste in a gory theatrical exploration of disgust, science and surviving with the cockroaches.
WORLD. 2432 A.D. Londonberg is a city divided. Above, a pristine oasis protected from the heat and air pollution of the twenty-fifth century. Below, a terrifying, dirty and perilous existence in an ancient sewer system wrapped in endless darkness. The two cities are interdependent remnants of a world that battled rising sea levels, the end of seasons and now the very air itself. What is left has to be monitored, regulated and controlled - especially the fatberg.
Forever looming, the fatberg is an inescapable horror of life in Londonberg. Overseen Above by the Warden General, and Below by Mayor Underberg, it is the primary source of energy, economy, and employment underground. But this energy system is not as self-sustaining as thought, and the fatberg contains antibiotic resistant bacteria that have started infecting the population. The very thing that Londonberg depends on for survival is the very thing capable of destroying everything and everyone left. Written by Tilly Lunken; co-created with Kate Sketchley. Directed by Victorine Pontillon. Produced by Jessica Rose McVay & V&T Further Creatives and Scientists tba