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Word:Play

One word, six new plays

4 March – 8 March 2008

“Six brand new plays from six emerging writers. What does tradition mean to you?”

Word:Play is an ambitious new project for exciting new writing. Six 15-minute plays, from six emerging playwrights, have been specially commissioned, with one simple premise: one word, six new plays. For our first cycle, the word of inspiration is “tradition”.

The Boys in the Tower, Becky Prestwich
A mother and father struggle to accept the loss of their youngest son. Two interweaving monologues explore grief and memory.

The Miracle Killer, Kenneth Emson
Two lovers burn a candle for their lost daughter in the woods. But will they find solace, or only more pain?

The Escape, Daniel Kanaber
Three snapshots of three brothers at different stages of their lives. From Greek to Shakespeare to Beckett, an ambitious verse play with a metaphysical slant.

The Right to Choose, Helen Bennett
Mother wants a baby. Not just any baby. The right baby. The right type. A mother’s right to choose. But is it what she really wants?

The Crow’s Wake, Jacqueline McCarrick
Dan has been away in England for twelve years and has come back to the border to run the farm now his wife is dead. Rose, his daughter, thinks he needs to learn a few lessons about how things have changed in ‘modern Ireland’.

November, Ali Taylor
Every year, the Judd family stand by a motorway shrine. Why do they come and who will dare break the cycle?

“Some radically different, inventive and original productions... Six plays, written by six playwrights with just one word for inspiration has produced six widely different plays, each entertaining with its own style but each with the common theme of life and death... The Union Theatre has triumphed again by showcasing original and ambitious new writing.”
British Theatre Guide
“When the writing, acting and directing are in harmony, fifteen minutes isn’t nearly long enough”
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“Box of Tricks Theatre does an admirable thing by fostering emerging playwrights and providing them with an opportunity to develop their craft and present it to an audience... An ambitious mix.”
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Creative Team:


Directors: Adam Quayle and Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder Designer: Georgia Lowe
Costume Designer: Victoria Povey Lighting Designer: Steven Moseley
Sound Designer: Chris James Stage Manager: Louisa Davis
Cast: Atli Gunnarsson, Olivia MacDonald, Sam Lester, Valene Kane, Sam Millard, Oscar Ward, Patrick Rowe, John Gunnery, Fiona Watson, Richard Woolnough, Tessa Mabbitt, Beryl King

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Show Calendar

Union Theatre, London 4 March — 8 March 2008