DRIP, a one-man musical comedy about two queer teens growing up in Hull that has you cheering for the uncool kids, by award-winning duo Tom Wells and Matthew Robins opens at Bush Theatre on 3 Dec (press night 6 Dec) fresh from a sold-out tour.

‘Me and Caz are both fully out, like openly, hundred percent, it shouldn’t be a surprise’

Liam is 15 and he’s just signed up for Bev Road Baths’ first ever synchronised swimming team. It’s for his best mate Caz really. She needs to get a team together to win the annual Project Prize at school. She tries every year. She always loses. But Liam’s an optimist, he’s determined to help.

There’s just one problem. Liam can’t swim.

The original production was supported by Hull City Council and Hull UK City of Culture. It had its London premiere with two ‘pop-up’ performances at Bush Theatre in November 2017.

Jane Fallowfield’s directing credits include: Germ Free Adolescent (Script Club Medway); Bird (Derby Theatre, Hackney Showroom and UK tour); Fingertips (Clean Break); Cosmic (Script Club Hull) and Spacewang (Hull Truck); The Only Way is Chelsea’s (York Theatre Royal and Soho Theatre) and Lagan by Stacey Gregg (Ovalhouse). She is the Literary Associate at Talawa Theatre Company and previously Director on Attachment at Clean Break and Birmingham Rep (John Fernald Award). Other projects include co-running BBC London Voices, dance dramaturgy for Breakin’ Convention, sitting on panels and awards, and teaching at East 15 and Goldsmiths.

Matthew Robins is a multi-disciplinary artist from the West Country. His work includes animation, puppetry, short films, sculpture, and music, and he regularly tours with his band, performing stories about animals, death, monsters, the ocean, and love. Drip is Matthew’s second song-writing collaboration with Tom Wells; they previously worked together on Tom’s play Broken Biscuits in 2016. As a film-maker Matthew has recently made stop-motion music videos for Passenger, Sivu, and Led Bib, as well as animations for the Barbican, Opera North, Dumbworld (Peter, Lily and the Nose, winner of the audience choice award at the Capital Irish Film Festival), Tori Amos (The Light Princess at the National Theatre) and Phil Collins (Tomorrow is Always Too Long, for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games).

Matthew’s recent work for theatre includes writing and performing Flyboy is alone again this Christmas, and Lullaby – both for the Barbican, and designing and making puppets for Something Very Far Away for the Unicorn Theatre, A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing for the Ark in Dublin, and Laila - a new musical at Watford Palace Theatre. Matthew recently directed and designed an adaption of Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man for the Unicorn Theatre in Southwark and a collection of Matthew’s animations, songs and mechanical puppet installations is on permanent display at the Science Museum in London in the Information Age gallery.

Tom Wells lives in Hull. His previous plays at the Bush Theatre include: The Kitchen Sink (which won the Critics Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright and the George Devine Award) and Jumpers for Goalposts (Paines Plough / Hull Truck / Watford Palace). Other plays include: Me, As A Penguin (West Yorkshire Playhouse / Arcola Theatre); Cosmic (Script Club); Folk (Birmingham Rep / Hull Truck / Watford Palace); and Broken Biscuits (Live Theatre / Paines Plough). Other credits include: Ben & Lump (Channel 4); Jonesy (BBC Radio 4); and pantos for Middle Child, Hull and the Lyric, Hammersmith. He is currently under commission to the Royal Court and the National Theatre, and is an Associate Artist of Middle Child.

Andrew Finnigan (Liam) trained with The Customs House, South Shields and the Theatre Royal Newcastle. His credits include: The Fifteen Streets (The Customs House, South Shields), Scrapbook (Live Theatre, Newcastle), Broken Biscuits (Live Theatre/Paines Plough and UK tour), Drip (Hull City of Culture/Back to Ours), Wormtown (The Customs House, South Shields), My Uncle Freddie (The Customs House, South Shields).

3 – 22 Dec
Mon – Sat at 7.45pm
Sat Matinees on 8, 15, 22 Dec at 2.45pm
Wed matinee on 12, 19 Dec at 2.45pm
Captioned performance on Thursday 13 Dec at 7.45pm
Tickets from £10

Post Show Q&A on Tuesday 11 Dec
Ask cast and creatives about the creation and performance of Drip after the show.
Free to ticket holders on the night.

Phone 020 8743 5050
In person Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ
Online bushtheatre.co.uk