Plays by Glenn Waldron

Forever House

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Glenn Waldron's debut play Forever House is a comedy-drama of three linked scenes, all set in the same house in different time-periods, in which three ill-matched pairs search for a new beginning. It was first performed at the Drum Theatre, Plymouth, on 21 March 2013.

The play is set in a Victorian terraced house in Plymouth. The first scene is set in September 1999: self-conscious teen Richard is keen to escape to art college in London, in the hope of finding somewhere more accepting of his artistic nature. Graham is older, still unpacking after moving to the city for his job. Both are finding their feet, and they seek common ground in art, music and photography. But Graham seems to have other, darker things on his mind. In the second scene, set in September 2005, local estate agent Becci is showing former school friend and returnee Laura around the same house; both pregnant, Becci looks forward to sharing new motherhood and nights of retro clubbing with her ‘oldest friend’, while Laura is adamant that she’s ‘not moving back’, simply choosing to relocate with her husband’s job, and is firm about her wishes not to reconnect. The third and final scene is set in May 2012: recently separated Mark is coming to terms with new and unfamiliar mating rituals with spiky Lucy, who may or may not have an ulterior motive for agreeing to come back to his for a drink after the pub.

The Drum Theatre premiere was directed by Joe Murphy and designed by Hannah Clark, with Dylan Kennedy as Richard, Tom Peters as Graham, Leah Whitaker as Laura, Becci Gemmell as Becci, Joana Nastari as Lucy and Tom Andrews as Mark.

The Here and This and Now  

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Glenn Waldron's play The Here and This and Now is a darkly comic drama that explores the threat to world health posed by antimicrobial resistance, and the role of the pharmaceutical industry in promoting excessive use of antibiotics. It was first performed at Theatre Royal Plymouth, on 9 March 2017.

The play opens in the conference room of a functional country-house hotel in 2017. Three sales reps for a pharmaceutical company called McCabe – Gemma, Robby and Helen – are on a training day led by Niall. They practise delivering their sales pitches, and participate in games and exercises to remember the terminology of the new drug they will be selling. The action then moves forward to May 2023, in Niall's house, at night. Helen is giving a presentation to Niall, and reveals that in the period since the training day, she lost her job at McCabe, and the world's population has been decimated by a viral epidemic. Helen has already lost one child, and her son Calum now has the virus. She is desperate to obtain the precious vaccine, called the 'Unicorn Pill', that is rumoured to have been developed by pharmaceutical companies including McCabe. She wants Niall to understand that she will go to any length to obtain it. In a final scene, set at a point in the future when the deadly virus has finally been brought under control, we learn that McCabe is now marketing a new drug, a 'neuro-enhancer', that it claims has the power to grant an 'unceasing state of happiness and well-being'.

The premiere production was directed by Simon Stokes with set and costume design by Bob Bailey. It was performed by Jessica Clark, Simon Darwen (as Niall), Becci Gemmell (as Helen) and Andy Rush, with Gracie Giles, Isabella Ackerman, James Critten and Lilly Crawford as 'A.', and the voice of Bill Paterson.

Natives

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Glenn Waldron's play Natives is a drama about three disparate teenagers who, as 'digital natives', find their lives unexpectedly interwoven. It was produced by Boundless Theatre and first performed at Southwark Playhouse, London, on 29 March 2017. A German-language version of the play was first performed at Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus in September 2016.

The play is narrated in intersecting monologues by three characters, A, B and C, all fourteen years old. A, who lives on an island 'somewhere in the Indian Ocean', is a slave to her Instagram account and status anxiety, and has more contact with the family servants than she does with her high-flying parents. B lives in a deprived English town, and is first encountered watching Japanese cannibal porn during his elder brother’s funeral service. C, living somewhere in the Middle East, is obsessed with online games, but becomes haunted by a video of a blindfolded teenager being pushed off a building. For all three of them, there is no true distinction to be made between the digital world and the 'real' world, and they all have their life perspectives radically altered.

The original production was directed by Rob Drummer and designed by Amelia Jane Hankin. It was performed by Ella Purnell as A, Fionn Whitehead as B and Manish Gandhi as C.

Originally from Plymouth, GlennWaldron was editor of influential style magazine i-D from 2004 to 2006. Since then, his work has been featured in publications including Vogue , The New York Times, W magazine, Guardian and Independent, and he has taught journalism at the London College of Fashion. Other theatre credits include Plucky (Bush Theatre/DryWrite), and a piece for Come To Where I’m From (Paines Plough).