Vernon Little lives in a flea –bitten Texan town, “the barbeque sauce capital of the state”, where his best friend has just massacred sixteen of his classmates. The town wants vengeance and turns its sights on the innocent Vernon who is arrested from the start of the story. As the saying goes – “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” – Vernon hits the road and flees to Mexico pursued by a media circus of outlandish proportions.
Vernon God Little is a riotous, irreverent adventure with a fast-talking fifteen year old who cruelly ends up on a version of death row driven by the rules of reality TV. Desperate times throw up the most unlikely of heroes. Vernon’s innate innocence exposes the nature of the American experience of justice in the eye of a media storm, and since he’s a boy of such sweetness, he makes death row a respectable address.
‘The debut of one of the most original and seriously funny narrative voices in recent times’ – Sean O’Hagan, Observer
Written by DBC Pierre
Presented by Decadent Theatre Company
Booker Prize Winner 2003
100 Best Things in the World by GQ Magazine
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award for Comic Writing 2003
The Young Vic audience voted it in the top 3 shows of the last twenty five years.