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Vince Laws

“Poet John Faust is suicidal. His benefits have been stopped without warning, the bailiffs are due to evict him, his dog is in the vets dying, his car needs a new clutch, and he can’t finish his poetic masterpiece while the voices inside his head torment him. In despair, he throws himself off Beeston Bump, Norfolk’s highest peak, clutching ‘The Tragic True Life & Deserved Death of a Benefit Scrounger by Himself’, but Lucifer won’t let John drown because she loves his work and wants a bigger part. Every time Faust throws himself into the sea, Lucifer throws him out on a different Norfolk beach…. The performance contains adult themes and language, suicidal thoughts, Lucifer, The Naked Abseilers and poetry, but no Nazis.”

From ‘A Very Queer Nazi Faust’ – included in the showcase

“A Very Queer Nazi Faust is a re-imagining of the Faust legend by a 21st century disability rights campaigner and poet, Vince Laws. It began as an idea which Laws explored on an Arvon playwriting course, before he honed the plot, and committed it to the page as a comic. Early in 2016, with support from Shape Arts, Laws sent that comic to TLC for feedback. The feedback was really useful, very specific, and although a lot of corrections and suggestions had to be filtered through the text, Laws spent the next year redrafting, before sending the redraft back to TLC to see what the same reader thought of his changes. He liked them! Bravo!” From the Introduction