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Plays by Ed Harris

Mongrel Island

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Alternately comic, tender and satirical, Mongrel Island is a slowly surreal amplification of the frustrations of the daily grind. Marie is losing herself in a grey office existence trapped by mounting piles of paperwork and the same people saying the same things every day. But as she is forced to work progressively later into the night she discovers a strange twilight world emerging beneath the fluorescent office lights – an extraordinary world that might rescue her sanity, or prove to be the first signs of its collapse.

Harris offers a fresh, cynical and offbeat perspective on how our working lives can strip away our humanity. Mongrel Island is a bittersweet, touching and darkly humorous indictment of the workplace’s subjugation of individualism, and the resulting cost to our inner lives.

Mongrel Island premiered in 2011 at the Soho Theatre, London.

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Ed Harris is an award-winning playwright and poet. His stage plays include Mongrel Island (Soho Theatre), Never Ever After (Chalkfoot Theatre Arts, shortlisted for the 2008 Meyer-Whitworth Award), Total (Brighton Festival Fringe) and The Cow Play (UK tour, Squaremoon/Farnham Maltings). For radio, Ed has written numerous critically acclaimed plays for BBC Radio 4 in recent years, and he won the 2011 Writers' Guild Award for his radio play Troll.