Rona Munro's Long Time Dead is a play about the camaraderie between mountaineers, exploring the risks they are willing to take in the obsessive pursuit of their dreams. The play was first performed by Paines Plough at The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth, on 26 October 2006.
The action of the play is split between a mountainside and a London hospital. Grizzly, Dog and Gnome live to climb mountains. Grizzly used to climb with his brother, Pete. But Pete died of a cerebral oedema on the mountain and his body is still there somewhere. Now Grizzly climbs with Dog, a young man who found climbing (and meaning) late in life and who is in a tremendous hurry to get to the top. But when Gnome (real name Naomi), who often accompanies the pair, has an accident and almost dies, the ageing Grizzly makes a pact: if she recovers, he will quit climbing.
The Paines Plough production was directed by Roxana Silbert and designed by Miriam Buether, with Lesley Hart as Gnome, Garry Cooper as Grizzly, Jon Foster as Dog and Jan Pearson as the Widow.
The production was revived at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in August 2007 as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.