Christopher Hogg is a playwright, storyteller, academic and stand-up comedian. He writes from the corner of digital and human. He wrote this play because of his experience of PTSD as both a child and as an adult. In 2010 he was a man in trouble, and this play is very much about what men do when they are in trouble. What they do with their anger. It is his hope and aspiration, that men may be inspired to ask for help if they need it.
Rathband is his first major play. It took nearly 4 years to develop and has been a labour of love. It has been through so many many iterations and would not have come to life without the help of many people, especially his wife, his son and an therapist who has to remain nameless.
He believes the role of modern theatre is to bring together our fragmentary digital experience, and help us put them back into stories we can learn from. Putting together fragments of experience, is something very difficult to do just in our own heads, however, sat together using a stage instead of a screen, we can go so much deeper. Theatre is an ancient technology, a place where we outsource our thoughts about life itself. A theatre space forces us to focus on what is human. That is what we need to do now. In a world full of technology we must keep looking for the human. Our timelines will not slow down. Keep looking for the human trapped in the timeline. We don’t have to fantasise about turning it all off. My experience tells me we can be optimistic if we keep looking for what is human.