By Lee Mattinson
‘Tape three’s when you really need the stomach for it. When they. When she’s begging them to. And they do by the end. Kill her.’
Shania, Whitney and Courtney are three fourteen-year-old fireworks of girls in a town where there’s as much chance of being lit as there is listened to. In a bedroom above the rugby club they imagine a world beyond their narrow Cumbrian streets where homophobia and racism are as commonplace as Matalan. But when a trio of VHS snuff tapes find their way into their lives it’s impossible to maintain their enforced invisibility and in order to escape the girls must commit their own acts of ultraviolence.
Lee Mattinson is an award-winning writer originally from Workington and graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in Fine Art.
Theatre credits include: THE SEASON TICKET (Pilot Theatre/Northern Stage), I HEART CATHERINE PISTACHIO (Encounter, Soho Theatre, The Yard), CROCODILES(Royal Exchange, Winner of the inaugural Hodgkiss Award), SNAP (Young Vic), GARY LINEKER IS GAY (Paines Plough), CHALET LINES (Bush Theatre, Nominated for ‘Most Promising New Playwright’ at the Off West End Theatre Awards), ME AND CILLA (Live Theatre), DONNA DISCO (Chicken Pox Fox/Live Theatre), NO MIRACLES HERE (The Letter Room)
Radio credits include: 2 CLOWNS 1 TRUMPET (I Told You I Was Ill, BBC Radio 3), TONGUE (Sonnets in the City, BBC Radio 3), MAGPIE (Afternoon Drama, BBC Radio 4, Short-listed for ‘Best Radio Drama’ at The Writer’s Guild Awards)
He is one half of Encounter with choreographer/director Jen Malarkey and currently under commission from Northern Stage and Live Theatre
Lee was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize 2009 with a play called $H!T DISCO