DOI: 10.5040/9781408173022.00000002
Scenes: 8. Roles: Male (3) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

Old friends Carl and Mikey must say their farewells this evening as Mikey makes plans to leave the care home that has become their new stomping ground. Troll Face just wants to keep things running to time and Etienne is forced to see out his community service with two old geezers scrounging for fags.

Shut away from a world where pensioners steal in order to feed themselves and dreaming of a youth spent in the dingy corner of a seedy club, two lifelong friends are forced to say their goodbyes. When memory is fading and the past is clouded with a lifetime of drink and drugs, what is true and how to live are called into question.

Laura Poliakoff’s debut play is a powerful call-to-arms for a generation of twenty-year-olds not considering their own old age. How we care for our elderly, where we put them and the sacrifices that are made fuel this often comic yet touching play. Clockwork was first presented at the sixth HighTide Festival in Suffolk on 4 May 2012

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Laura Poliakoff

ISBN: 9781408172995

Series: Modern Plays

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