Victoria Willing's new play SAD to premiere at Omnibus Theatre


Victoria Willing’s new play SAD is to premiere at Omnibus Theatre in April.

Willing – nominated Best New Writer at The Stage Debut Awards – will once again collaborate with Omnibus Theatre’s Artistic Director Marie McCarthy. The pair previously worked together on the critically acclaimed Spring Offensive in 2017.


SAD centres on Gloria, a 70s wannabe Punk and life-long Bowie fan, living in a fantasy world in her attic and the complex relationships which surround her.

Willing said: “This play confronts the truthful, messy, contradictory reality of relationships that I don’t often see represented on stage. It’s also about challenging perceptions of women of a certain age, the unpreparedness of ageing and exploring submissiveness, dominance and power.”

On Christmas Day Gloria cooked the turkey that killed her mother. Now Gloria’s living in the attic, sleeping on a dog bed and shitting in a bucket.

She’s perfectly content though. Her friend Magda visits. Her husband Graham brings ham sandwiches. Her neighbour Daniel fits perfectly through the Velux. In fact as long as she can blast Bowie and bask in the light of her SAD lamp, there’s no reason to come downstairs at all.

Director Marie McCarthy says she was drawn to the bleak, funny, fantastical, contemporary, and chaotic energy of this drama.

She added: “The characters Victoria creates are quite uncompromising. She’s a courageous writer and doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects and that’s what I love about her plays. There’s also a great deal of tenderness in this story and I hope audiences will relate to it and enjoy spending an hour or so in the company of these four wonderful and complex characters… in an attic.”

Joining the creative team is designer Alys Whitehead. Full casting and creatives are to be announced.

SAD plays at Omnibus Theatre from 5 – 30 April 2022. Tickets are available online now from

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