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Word:Play 2

One word, six new plays

18 November – 22 November 2008

“Six 15-minute plays, from six of the hottest young playwrights”

Six 15-minute plays, from six of the hottest young playwrights, have been specially commissioned, with one simple premise: one word, six new plays. For this cycle, the word of inspiration is vengeance.

The Captain of the School Football Team, Kenneth Emson
Amid the prefect badges, school ties and empty B&H packets, a secret lurks that will send shivers down the spine of a small community.

The Surety of Numbers, Daniel Kanaber
Two old school friends meet up for dinner. But when the past rears its ugly head, and old demons emerge, can they forgive and forget?

What Cheryl Did Next, Leo Richardson
When Cheryl’s boyfriend Dean sleeps with the local bike, best friend Shaniqua promises a revenge mission will heal her broken heart.

Greek Tragedy, Elinor Cook
A dark romantic comedy set in a tacky beach resort in Greece. When a young man toys with the emotions and affections of a group of friends, who will have the last laugh?

Chopping Onions, Becky Prestwich
When Esther moves in to her daughter’s family home, the two women struggle to re-build their relationship over chicken soup.

Fish Missing (Fishing), Joe Harbot
When the goldfish goes missing in mysterious circumstances, Steph wants answers. A dark revenge comedy about pets, secrets and revelations.

Supported by:

“Six plays, one sublime evening!... The word: vengeance. The result: magnificence... The cast were superb and captivating... Were it possible, I would be in the audience every night of this production. It's that good.”
★★★★★ Remote Goat
“New writing showcases like Box of Tricks' Word:Play are like regular infusions of aqua vitae that keep the theatre industry looking healthy and vital... This second Word:Play event boasts a consistently high standard of both writing and performance... A launchpad for top quality new talent.”
British Theatre Guide
“The talented cast work very well together... great dynamism on the stage... A hugely entertaining piece... A very slick production and encouraging way to see the work of new playwrights.”
Totally Theatre
“Word:Play is actually one of the best collection of shorts I have seen in a long while - each one of these plays is excellent.”
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Creative Team:


Directors: Adam Quayle and Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder Designer: Georgia Lowe
Lighting Designer: Steven Moseley Sound Designers: Chris James and Mat Williams
Stage Manager: Louisa Davis Cast: Alice Haig, Damian Hunt, Jessica Ellerby, Natalie Ball, Rhoda Ofori-Attah, Ross Armstrong, Henry Maynard, Kaye Quinley, Patrick Rowe, Philip Correia, Beryl King, Rosalind Porter

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Theatre503, London 18 November — 22 November 2008