We are Diet of Worms. We are a comedy performance group that has been working together since 2006. Since then, we have performed regularly on the UK & Irish comedy circuits and taken three full length shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Our 2007 show - Diet of Worms on (Melted) Ice - was performed entirely in a swimming pool. Although, we're still not entirely sure why we did that.
We have also produced several web series, including The Taste of Home, Dublin Stories and Adventures of the Puffincat. Visit youtube.com/thedietofworms to check them out.
Last year we moved away from sketch comedy and wrote our first play, Strollinstown. It was presented as part of the ABSOLUT Dublin Fringe and we had a truly brilliant time doing it. The play was nominated for the Fishamble New Writing Award and we are very excited about following this up with our new play, Cult.
Cult is an hour long satirical play about five people who have been left below following their cult's mass ascension. The work explores how the characters came to find themselves in such a scenario, how their normal lives proved so inadequate and how they interact with each other in a moment that they perceive as being tinged with rejection but is actually an enormously lucky escape. Themes such as faith, fear of the unknown and, above all, our human desires to follow and to be followed will be examined.
The concept has been knocking around within the group for some time now and as we looked to begin work on our next theatre project, we started to fall in love with the idea and its potential for both tragedy and comedy. We write together as a five-piece and we always look to create groups of characters and find interesting scenarios in which five people might find themselves, having to work together or against each other. The idea of the five runts of a religious cult being "left below", really appeals to us.
We're extremely excited about this project but we need a little bit of help bringing it to fruition. Our set will be minimalist. We will concentrate on sound and lighting design (along with performance of course) to create the setting and atmosphere. Your help would go towards costume, rehearsal space, crewing, promotion and other essential production costs. We really believe in this project and we would be eternally grateful if you could support us.
Thank you so much,
Shane, Amy, Rory, Niall, Clare and Philippa (Diet of Worms)