Fast

By Kate Barton and Stephen Bennett

How far would you go to find the perfect cure?

Celebrity influencers, protein shake peddlers, diet pill pushers…we tell ourselves it’s a modern phenomenon. But is it really? 

Fast is the true story of ‘Dr’ Linda Hazzard — complex, charismatic and utterly driven — whose promotion, in the early 1900s, of her own radical fasting cure, gripped the press and divided a nation.

Was she vilified merely as an interfering woman in a man’s world…or were there darker forces at play?

Following huge success in Brighton, Edinburgh and London, playwright Kate Barton and award-winning screenwriter Stephen Bennett have developed the original one-act play to bring you this full-length psychological thriller. 

Reviews from the Brighton, Edinburgh & London runs

“In Kate Barton, the writer of Fast, they (The Park Theatre) have once again identified an important new voice. We will surely hear more, much more, from Kate Barton”

LondonTheatre1

*****

“A powerful play that is sure to have you gripped from beginning to end”

Spy in the Stalls

****

“A chilling production…fascinating and entertaining”

The Upcoming

****

“Unmissable…this psychological thriller plays with your mind and emotions”

Broadway Baby

****

Shortlisted for Best New Play Award 2018 following sell-out shows at both Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe.

Running time: 1h 45m

Age Guidance: 12+

Director & Co-writer – Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett is an award-winning television scriptwriter and theatre director. He has taught at the universities of Yale and Carnegie Mellon in the US and is currently Director of Drama at Downing College, Cambridge. He has worked at The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, Shakespeare’s Globe and The Royal National Theatre in London and the Williamstown and Shepherdstown theatre festivals in America. As a television writer he contributed many episodes to shows such as, “Where the Heart Is”, “Born and Bred”, “Holby City” and “The Royal” and has won numerous accolades including ‘Best Episode’ at the National Soap Awards and two BAFTAs as a member of both the Coronation Street and Emmerdale writing teams.

In 2022 Steve wrote and devised a number of stage projects in Cambridge and the US, including a new musical adaptation of Carmen and a Shulz Foundation endorsed homage to the great Lucy Van Pelt. His new rock album with The Gardening Club Project is available on Spotify.

Co-writer – Kate Barton

Kate Barton is a playwright and actor and has been nominated for awards in both areas.  She has an MSt in Creative Writing from Cambridge University where her final-year play Fast received a Distinction and the Kate Bertram prize from Lucy Cavendish College. Fast was shortlisted for Best New Play at the Brighton Fringe, long-listed for Best Newcomer by The Voice and received 4- and 5-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe before transferring to The Park, where it received two Offies.  Kate is a guest speaker for the Cambridge MSt course and the prestigious Downing College Festival of New Writing.

Production Designer – Junis Olmscheid

Born in Texas, but raised on the west coast of the USA, Junis found her calling in the arts from an early age. Her never wavering focus on her studies in the arts and theatre, led her to a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon

Junis has designed in professional theatres up and down the west coast which led her to Los Angeles, CA. Once established in Los Angeles, she made the transition into Film/TV/Commercial Art Department/Production Design.

Junis has had a 35-year career in the film industry domestically and abroad. After relocating to the UK 9 years ago, she has gone back to her roots in live theatre. To date, she has worked in design on over 55 shows.

Graphic Designer – Fleur de Henrie

Fleur, a London-based freelance film and theatre producer and graphic designer, founded Parvis Magna Productions in 2021. With a background in performing arts further to her training at Arts Educational and extensive experience in London’s theatre scene, Fleur’s journey spans from acting to makeup artistry, culminating in over 12 years of event management for prestigious clients across film, theatre, art, fashion, and editorial industries.

Her production portfolio extends to Braybrook Productions, where she excelled as a Production Manager for the award-winning film “Under The Jericho Sun” (2018). In 2020, Fleur pitched and secured investment for “Tricycle,” transforming a stage play into an award-winning film amid the Covid Pandemic, showcasing her prowess as a Producer and Unit Production Manager.

In addition to her producer roles, Fleur serves as Lead Graphic Designer for Richmond Shakespeare Society, driving branding updates and producing artwork for the companies’ productions. With an innate passion for storytelling and a versatile skill set, Fleur brings invaluable expertise to every project she undertakes.

Driven by a perpetual passion for creativity, Fleur transitioned from events to pursue acting and producing. Notable achievements include producing and starring in Shelagh Stephenson’s “The Long Road,” which premiered at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019 to critical acclaim. Since 2017, she has served as Associate Producer at Wild Duck Productions. She spearheaded the company’s podcast program, “Short Plays for Short Journeys”, launching successful seasons 1 & 2 in 2019 and 2021.

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