DOI: 10.5040/9781408184233.00000002
Acts: 3. Scenes: 4. Roles: Male (15) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

Realism follows the life of one man during an ordinary day but veers off from the commonplace to become a deliriously surreal trip inside his wayward imagination.

The play’s shifting, baffling scenes dive inside the mind of Stuart, as the banalities of a wasted Saturday – telly, laundry, toast, cup of tea – spin out into a series of surreal conversations with politicians, a telephone salesman, a foul-mouthed child from the seventies. His real interactions, with his friend and ex-girlfriend and parents, slide down into strange expressions of his darker subconscious and secret thoughts. Like Stuart’s kitchen, which is covered in several tons of sand, Realism is half swamped by surrealism, creating a bold and idiosyncratic dissection of the mind.

Realism premiered in 2006 at the Edinburgh International Festival.

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Anthony Neilson

ISBN: 9781408157183

Series: Modern Plays

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