Project Description

Fast, by Kate Barton, was produced by Digital Drama at Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe in 2018 and at Park Theatre 2019

“An unmissable performance if you want to be captivated by disturbance, chilling sensations and shocking outcomes…” **** Broadway Baby 

“Black Mirror vibe…Intriguing, creepy and heart wrenching…difficult to look away” **** Voicemag 

★★★★★ “Caroline Lawrie is superb” LondonTheatre1
★★★★ “a powerful play that is sure to have you gripped from beginning to end” 
Spy in the Stalls
★★★★★ “In Kate Barton they (Park Theatre) have once again identified an important new voice” LondonTheatre1
★★★★ “a chilling production… fascinating and entertaining” The Upcoming

Washington State, 1910. ‘Doctor’ Linda Hazzard opens her sanatorium to the public. The public do not always survive…

Fast is a dark, psychological drama questioning how far you would go to find the perfect cure. The doors are open and the doctor will see you now…

Digital Drama was delighted that Fast was selected for WINDOW, Brighton Fringe Festival’s Arts Industry showcase and was shortlisted for the Best New Play Award 2018 with New Writing South.

Fast is a dark psychological drama based on true events. Set at the turn of the previous century in an isolated region of the Pacific Northwest, the play examines the notorious ‘Doctor’ Linda Hazzard. Complex, beguiling and utterly driven, Hazzard advocated a fasting cure that gripped the press and divided the nation. Her ideas were not new, yet Hazzard was subjected to intense scrutiny. Was she pursued because she was a woman in a man’s world, or were there darker forces at play? As they take their seats, the audience are invited to journey with two of her patients, the wealthy Ashworth sisters, and to consider how far they would go to find the perfect cure.

Hazzard’s obsessions with diet were not confined to the early twentieth century, and playwright Kate Barton draws parallels with our modern day anxieties about ‘clean eating’ and fasting for health. The play explores our unfailing belief in those with the title ‘doctor’, drawing links with contemporary public figures who use the title in the same way as Hazzard to command respect.

Photography: Manuel Harlan