The Year of the Monkey is a collection of four short plays by comedian-author Claire Dowie. Each play takes the form of a long, narrative monologue.
In Bonfire Night, the speaker, a woman caring for her elderly father, reminisces about being a young girl who wanted to play with guns like the boys.
Arsehammers is about a boy’s relationship with his grandfather, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. The protagonist of Allotments talks about her neighbourhood’s garden allotments, her favourite topic of conversation, and reveals the unusual community that has grown around it.
In The Year of the Monkey, a mother dreams of injecting some excitement into her life.
Funny, poignant and occasionally shocking, these four pieces demonstrate Dowie’s great facility with storytelling.