In his Writer's Note, Davey Anderson says: ' I saw him on a train. There he was wearing a giant pair of headphones playing nothing but white noise. 'Why would someone listen to static?' I thought, 'What other sounds is he trying to drown out?' The question troubled me. I became a bit obsessed. I started remembering the delusion I used to have as a teenager, the awful paranoia that my thoughts were somehow seeping out of my head. I took the same train every day for a week. I never saw him again, but I started to paint a picture of him in my mind. I even gave him a name. Sparky.'
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?
Set in a high school in a small town on the west coast of Scotland, The Static is a coming-of-age love story about what happens when our darkest dreams come true. Commissioned and produced by ThickSkin, it was first performed on 4 August 2012 at Underbelly, Edinburgh.