DOI: 10.5040/9781784604936.00000002
Acts: 2. Scenes: 5. Roles: Male (2) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

Cordelia Lynn's play One For Sorrow is a drama about a family who offer refuge to a stranger following an attack on London. The play was the 2017 Pinter Commission, awarded annually to a playwright to support a new work at the Royal Court Theatre. It was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London, on 20 June 2018.

The play is set in 'a home. Today, now.' Two explosions have rocked London, and we hear John's voice as he runs through the city, arrives at a house, and asks to be let in. Imogen, early twenties, has joined a social media campaign offering refuge to victims. Before her prosperous, middle-class family (parents Emma and Bill, young sister Chloe) have even had a chance to discuss the situation properly, John is in their house. His presence provokes a moral crisis in the family, testing the limits of their trust and liberal tolerance.

The Royal Court production was directed by James Macdonald and designed by Laura Hopkins. It was performed by Sarah Woodward, Pearl Chanda, Neil Dudgeon, Kitty Archer and Irfan Shamji. 

From One For Sorrow


Nick Hern Books

Cordelia Lynn

ISBN: 9781848427617

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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