debbie tucker green’s stoning mary is a play that explores everyday reality in an unstable, war-torn country, and asks what it would be like if these things were happening here. The play was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London, on 1 April 2005.
A husband and wife row about a prescription. A mother and father row about their son, who has become a child soldier. Two sisters row about which one is superior to the other. It emerges that the younger sister, Mary, has killed the child soldier and is to be stoned to death.
A stage direction states that 'The play is set in the country it is performed in. All characters are white.’
In an interview with Lyn Gardner for The Guardian (30 March 2005), debbie tucker green said, 'I write black characters. That is part of my landscape. But with Stoning Mary I was interested in questioning what we don't see and hear. The stories of people who would be in the headlines every day if what was happening to them was happening to white people. It happens all the time.'
The Royal Court premiere was directed by Marianne Elliott and designed by Ultz, with a cast including Emily Joyce, Heather Craney, Peter Sullivan, Martin Marquez, Ruth Sheen, Alan Williams, Cole Edwards, Claire Rushbrook, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Rick Warden and Gary Dunnington.