Published by Nick Hern Books
4 Male 1 Female
July 1889, London.
A flea bites a rat.
A rat spooks a horse.
A horse kicks a man.
As the chain reaction continues, a boy and his mother find themselves swept up in a national scandal that will reshape both their lives – and the country.
James Fritz's play The Flea is a retelling of the Cleveland Street Scandal that shook England – from the streets of Bermondsey to the halls of Buckingham Palace – and features a flea, a horse, a detective, a queen, a pimp, a god, and Charlie, the telegraph boy who knelt before the Crown.
This anarchic and affecting play had its world premiere at The Yard Theatre, London.