Plays by Gregory Burke

Black Watch

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Viewed through the eyes of those on the ground, Black Watch reveals what it means to be part of the legendary Scottish regiment, what it means to be part of the war on terror, and what it means to make the journey home.

The National Theatre of Scotland's production of Black Watch opened at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2006, where it won a Herald Angel, a Scotsman Fringe First, the Critics' Circle Award and the South Bank Show Award for Theatre. During a world tour it won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play.

Gagarin Way

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Gagarin Way, by Dunfermline playwright Gregory Burke, is a cruel, funny first play about a human heist gone horribly wrong.

Winner of the Meyer/Whitworth Award 2002, Winner of the Critics' Circle Award 2002 and winner of the Scotsman Fringe First of the Firsts Award 2001, Gregory Burke's 'sensational debut play' (Daily Telegraph) was premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and the Royal National Theatre, London, in 2001, transferred to the Arts Theatre, London, in 2002 and was revived for a tour of Scotland later that year.

Hoors

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Small town, Fife. Andy and Vicky were meant to be getting married tomorrow.

The trouble is, Andy's stag weekend was so epic, so legendary, that he didn't survive it. The finest pleasures that Amsterdam and Hamburg have to offer, together with a mile-high fling with a budget-airline stewardess, brought him down to earth with a bump. Now it's time for the post-mortem.

A black comedy about waking up to find the party's over, Gregory Burke's Hoors premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in May 2009.

On Tour

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Tickets, merchandise, money, drugs. All are just a phone call away. H is a Manc, Ray is a Scouser. They service the needs and exploit the chaos of football fans abroad following England to make money, trade, or steal. When H meets Daz, an ex-Marine, in a police cell, he sees an opportunity to turn his dealings with Ray into something bigger.

Directed by Matt Wilde, On Tour is a co-production between The Royal Court and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, previewing at the Royal Court.

The Straits

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Rosia Bay, Gibraltar, 1982. Doink, Jock and Darren have the longest, hottest summer ahead; yomping, watching pirate copies of Rambo and fighting the local lads over a lucrative fleet of octopus that have just hit the Rock. With Darren's fit older sister Tracy to sell the bounty, their dominance of Rosia Bay seems assured.

But for the sons and daughters of the British Forces, another war beginning in the South Atlantic will soon bring a dark heart to their world.

The Straits – the tale of an extraordinary summer in the lives of four teenagers – was produced by Paines Plough Theatre Company and premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in August 2003.

Gregory Burke was born in Dunfermline in 1968. His plays include Gagarin Way (Traverse/National Theatre, 2001), which won the Critics' Circle Most Promising Playwright Award, Best New Play at the TMA Barclays Awards, was joint winner of the Meyer-Whitworth Award and was nominated for the South Bank Show Theatre Award and Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play; The Straits (Paines Plough, UK tour, 2003), On Tour (Royal Court Theatre/Liverpool Everyman, 2005), Liar (National Theatre Shell Connections, 2006), Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland, world tour, 2006), which won the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Play, the South Bank Show Theatre Award in 2007 and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2009, and Hoors (Traverse Theatre, 2009).