2000 to present

Plays

The Cure for Everything

Playwrights Canada Press
Type: Text

Elsa is a typical fifteen-year-old growing up in the early 1960s. Her world revolves around independence, boys, and being popular at school, despite growing concerns surrounding the Cuban missile crisis. In fact, this is Elsa's opportunity to let loose before the world blows up. Knee-deep in teenage angst, her mission is clear: get drunk for the first time and lose her virginity. Though Elsa is old enough to feel the tense political climate, she is young enough to believe there might be a cure for everything. A comedic and compassionate sequel to Ardal's award-winning You Fancy Yourself, The Cure for Everything is a coming-of-age story about a teenager who discovers that the world is more complex than she could have imagined.

Cyprus Avenue

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Eric Miller is a Belfast Loyalist. He believes his five-week old granddaughter is Gerry Adams, the noted Irish Republican politician who is the president of Sinn Féin.

Eric’s family keep telling him to stop living in the past and fighting old battles that nobody cares about anymore, but his cultural heritage is under siege. He must act.

David Ireland’s black comedy takes one man’s identity crisis to the limits as he uncovers the modern day complexity of Ulster Loyalism.

Cyprus Avenue was first performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on 11 February 2016, before transferring to the Royal Court Theatre, London, in April 2016.

Dear Santa

Playwrights Canada Press
Type: Text

Santa Claus tries to fulfill a child's special Christmas wish while his staff attempts to overcome a supply shortage at the North Pole. A laugh-filled holiday play, innocent enough for the youngest boy or girl, and entertaining enough for adults.

Decades

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Modern life isn't easy and it never has been.

This explosive play by Leo Butler transports us through time, looking at what happens when the next generation begin to find their feet in an ever-changing world.

Through a kaleidoscope of characters, we see tensions rocket and values crumble, exposing the best and worst of what it means to be human.

This epic roller coaster of a play combines euphoria and despair as different generations of young people ask the same question: where do we go from here?

Decades received its world premiere at Ovalhouse, London, on 7 June 2016, in a production by Brit School for Performing Arts and Technology.

Designs for Living

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Terese and Louise are on their way to a 'pot-pourri' party: a place where, Terese assures Louise, there will be straight people to talk to. Louise is tired of hanging out with Terese's lesbian-only crowd, and is not expecting much. So when she meets the handsome J.J. she gets more, perhaps, than she'd bargained for.

An examination of the roles that gender and sexuality play in the already complex world of love among friends, Designs for Living was first produced at the Drill Hall, London.

audio Dinah Was

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

In a white fur coat, “The Queen of the Blues” sits on her luggage outside a Las Vegas hotel. It is 1959; the legendary star cannot enter the hotel without a white escort. So Dinah Washington, in her inimitable style, takes a long pull from her flask and starts kicking up a fuss. Yvette Freeman reprises her Obie award-winning performance in this passionate play that reminds us “What a Difference a Day Makes.” Features songs made famous by Dinah Washington and performed in the play by Yvette Freeman.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Paul Eiding, Yvette Freeman, Adriane Lenox, Bud Leslie and Darryl Reed.

Featuring: Paul Eiding, Yvette Freeman, Adriane Lenox, Bud Leslie, Darryl Reed

audio Dinosaur Dreams

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

A dark comedy filled with extraordinary wit and insight, in which playwright Tom Szentgyorgyi explores how we deal with change and loss. Bob meets, falls in love, and plans a wedding with Paula - who then disappears, sending back cryptic clues as to her whereabouts.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording, starring: Amy Pietz, Kevin Kilner, Judy Blue, Linda Kimbrough, Lusia Strus, Greg Vinkler, Ann Whitney, and Kenny Williams.

Directed by Susan V. Booth. Recorded before a live audience by L.A. Theatre Works.

Featuring: Judy Blue, Kevin Kilner, Linda Kimbrough, Amy Pietz, Lusia Strus, Greg Vinkler, Ann Whitney, Kenny Williams

Doldrum Bay

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Doldrum Bay is a bittersweet comedy about the incongruous lives of people stranded by life.

As Magda comes to terms with her demanding father’s terminal illness, her husband Francis seduces a girl dressed as a mermaid with extracts from his Great Irish Novel. It is going to be a world-changing, filmic masterpiece on sex and faith, though he’s been so busy promoting it that he hasn’t written it yet. Their friend Chick has been commissioned to come up with an advertising campaign for the Christian Brothers: advertise God in seven words. Louise is pregnant, trying to keep her head above water. The play is a soul-searching satire on their loves and losses, and their marooned, forty-something lives.

Doldrum Bay premiered in 2003 at the Peacock Stage of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

audio Donny's Brain

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

The acclaimed Scottish playwright Rona Munro has created a remarkable story about a man who wakes up from a car crash with brain damage. Now, he sees the world as the person he was three years ago, when his life and loves were in a very different place. This play is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast production, starring Paul Fox, Jared Harris, Siobhán Hewlett, Moira Quirk, Sophie Winkleman. Directed by Martin Jarvis and recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood. Donny’s Brain is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world. Featuring: Paul Fox, Jared Harris, Siobhán Hewlett, Moira Quirk, Sophie Winkleman

This play is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast production, starring Paul Fox, Jared Harris, Siobhán Hewlett, Moira Quirk, Sophie Winkleman.

Directed by Martin Jarvis and recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood.

Featuring: Paul Fox, Jared Harris, Siobhán Hewlett, Moira Quirk, Sophie Winkleman

down from heaven

Playwrights Canada Press
Type: Text

A virus has plagued the city and residents are quarantined. Curfews have been imposed and rumours of government corruption abound. Bureaucratic red tape is creating a food crisis. Laurel and her parents are imprisoned in the basement of their stately home, relying on the generosity of their former gardener, Cheater, for information and supplies. While Laurel and her family struggle just to survive, Cheater becomes intoxicated with his new-found power as a member of the Security and Surveillance police. Laurel must act as go-between if she is to liberate her family from their basement cell, and enters the dark and convoluted world of Cheater, discovering in the process startling revelations about herself, politics, art, violence, and the man they have become dependent upon.