Plays by Moses Raine

Donkey Heart  

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Moscow, now. A small flat. One family, three generations, the same hangover. Life after communism is utterly different and yet somehow eerily familiar. Petya's dodging the draft, Sasha's jumping with every ring of the bell, Ivan's brought a mysterious stranger home, and now their guest Thomas is asking questions. Who do you trust? The state may not be spying on you, but can you say the same for your nearest and dearest?

Tracing the legacy of communism, Donkey Heart asks what a modern Russia stands for, as the deep bruise of history, once hidden, now works its way to the surface. The play premiered at the Old Red Lion, London, in May 2014.  

Shrieks of Laughter

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

When the sea gets rough, don't look at the water churning around you - no, it'll make you feel worse. Look at the horizon far away. It's the only stable thing.

Henry takes a slow breath and closes his eyes as a deep voice guides him into the dark waters of his subconscious. We follow him into a surreal world where a series of strange events bring hidden feelings about himself and those closest to him bubbling to the surface.

Shrieks of Laughter premiered at the Soho Theatre, London, in May 2006.

Moses Raine wrote Shrieks of Laughter at the age of 21, commissioned as part of Soho Theatre's Writers' Attachment Programme 2005. He was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award 2004 for The Survival Handbook.