We all have sick thoughts.

It doesnae matter what you think, it’s what you do that counts.

Trouble is, my thoughts do things.

Don’t believe me?

Just watch.

Sparky is a bright but volatile 15-year-old boy on the brink of permanent exclusion from school. Then one day he falls under the spell of a seemingly psychic girl called Siouxsie and develops his own kinetic superpower. But will it save him or push him over the edge?

The Static is a coming-of-age love story and follow up to ThickSkin’s critically acclaimed sell-out success Blackout (winner of The Arches Brick Award). Featuring a striking mix of multi-media, movement and text, this visually arresting and fast-paced new play explores the ugly flipside to positive thinking - the terrifying idea that our darkest fantasies could come true.




Brian Vernel


Samantha Foley

Mrs Kelly

Pauline Lockhart (UK tour)

Julie Wilson-Nimmo (Brazil)

Mr Murphy

Nick Rhys


Davey Anderson

Direction & Choreography

Neil Bettles

Lighting Design 

Simon Wilkinson

Associate Director

Jonnie Riordan


Laura Mallows

Associate Producer

Steph Connell

‘A dazzling display of current small-scale theatre technique,

delivered with outstanding wit and flair.’


The Scotsman

'pitch perfect and guaranteed to knock your socks off.’


The Public Reviews

‘a small but persuasive package that has real energy and excitement.’

The Guardian

Commissioned and produced by ThickSkin.  Developed in association with The Core at Corby Cube, in partnership with Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland and with support from National Theatre of Scotland and The Arches. 

Presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012 in association with Underbelly Productions. 

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Creative Scotland.

Part of Made in Scotland 2012.


ThickSkin is the operating name of ThickSkin Theatre, a Registered Charity, no: 1188196