Dawn King's play Foxfinder is a dystopian parable exploring belief, desire and responsibility, set in a world both strange and familiar. It won the Papatango New Writing Competition in 2011 and was first performed at the Finborough Theatre, London, on 29 November 2011.
William Bloor, a ‘foxfinder’, arrives at Samuel and Judith Covey’s farm to investigate a suspected contamination. He is driven by his education and beliefs to unearth and destroy an animal that threatens man’s civilisation, and to remain free from its influence himself. As his investigations proceed, the events that follow change the course of all their lives, forever.
The Finborough premiere was directed by Blanche McIntyre and designed by James Perkins, with Gyuri Sarossy as Samuel, Kirsty Besterman as Judith, Tom Byam Shaw as William and Becci Gemmell as Sarah.
The play was widely praised for its originality. Michael Billington in The Guardian described it as ‘the most compelling new work I have seen this year.’ King was named Most Promising Playwright at the Off West End Theatre Awards in 2012 and was the inaugural winner of the National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award, the successor to the Meyer-Whitworth Award. The play has since been professionally produced in Australia, Sweden and America.