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the rotting hart

The Rotting Hart logo, Crested Fools theatre Company

"Blood pools around my paws. Blood soaks my fur. Blood trickles down my throat."

A young man spends years in isolation with his father when a stranger bursts into their lives. Tall and proud and full to the brim. Now, despite resisting, the young man can feel something stirring inside him…

Predator or prey. Hunt or be hunted. A new queer horror about how ignorance and hate can transform men into wild beasts.

ABOUT THE SHOW

Created in Edinburgh by a group of multicultural artists, The Rotting Hart is a queer horror solo show that combines traditional theatre, storytelling and choreography to create an unsettling exploration of homosexuality through the ages and the effects of toxic masculinity, ignorance and stoicism on queer bodies.

It is summer in the valleys of Toledo, c. XVII. HIM and his father live in isolation in the shadow of an abandoned Augustinian monastery. One day, a stranger comes into their lives: Diego, tall and proud and full to the brim. Diego talks to HIM like his father never does, he drags HIM out on adventures around the abandoned monastery, reads HIM poetry. HIM doesn’t know what any of it means. All he knows is that, since Diego arrived, something has started to change: feelings he doesn’t understand are bursting through his skin like black fur; words and language are starting to lose their meaning; and intrusive thoughts make him wonder whether Diego’s proud neck would fit between his growing canines…

CAST & CREW

Directed by

FLAVIA D'AVILA

Technical Manager

ELI MARSH

Costume Maker

PARASKEVI KOURMPETI

Photography

MOLLY WILDERS

Performer (recorded)

WALID AL-SHAIBANI

Tour Producer

VALERIE ANDREWS

Written and Performed by

DANIEL OREJON

PRESS

★★★★★  Starburst Magazine

★★★★★  Binge Fringe Magazine

★★★★  Corr Blimey

★★★★  All Edinburgh Theatre

★★★★  The Reviews Hub

★★★★  The Quintessential Review

★★★★  Stagey Chaos

Nominated for the OffFest Award

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PERFORMANCE HISTORY

October 2023

BRIGHTON HORRORFEST

September 2023

DUNDEE FRINGE FESTIVAL

August 2023

SCOTTISH STORYTELLING CENTRE
(EDINBURGH FRINGE)

July 2023

DURHAM FRINGE FESTIVAL

April 2023

KING'S HEAD THEATRE (LONDON)

October 2022

EDINBURGH HORROR FESTIVAL

The Rotting Hart is available for tour bookings. You can find more information below on our tour pack.
For any enquiries, please contact us at crestedfools@gmail.com.

TOUR
PACK

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Show duration: 55 minutes.

Set: one chair (provided by the company).

Space requirements:

- 2.5m width x 1.5m depth minimum.

- can be performed on any flat surface, including public spaces and alternative venues.

- the show includes ground-level performance so tiered seating would be beneficial.

- audience and stage layout can be proscenium, thrust or in the round.

Teched version:

- team of 2 (performer, technician).

- lighting and sound design + haze.

- 2 hour get-in / 30 minutes get-out.

Unteched version:

- team of 1 (performer).

- closer to traditional storytelling.

- 1 hour get-in / 30 minutes get-out.

MARKETING INFORMATION

Target audiences:

- 20-to-45-year-old theatregoers.

- horror and Gothic fans.

- Spanish-speaking and Hispanic-adjacent locals.

- queer theatregoers.

Age group: 15+ (descriptions of gore, violence and sex).

AVAILABILITY

For the unteched version of the show, we are available through 2023/24.

For the teched version of the show, we are available through 2024 but we require two months notice and can't commit to runs over a week long.

To confirm availability or discuss bookings for 2024, please contact us on crestedfools@gmail.com.

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