Alexandra Wood

Plays by Alexandra Wood


Nick Hern Books
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Alexandra Wood's play Unbroken is a modern-day re-interpretation of Arthur Schnitzler’s taboo-breaking 1897 play La Ronde, with its 'daisy chain' of sexual encounters. Unbroken was first performed at the Gate Theatre, London, on 5 February 2009.

The play is set in an unspecified city in the present day. In each of the six scenes, a man and a woman have a sexual encounter; one of the characters then returns in the following scene for a coupling with a new character, carrying on the unbroken chain of sexual encounters until, with the final scene, the circle is completed. In the opening scene, rock star Johnno comes on to Amy, backstage after a gig; in the next scene, Johnno displays broken-hearted neediness with Laura, his adolescent sweetheart who has moved on to Steve to build a family. Laura discovers from her husband Steve that he is infertile. Steve meets Zoe on an organised speed date, but she snares her boss, David, who seems more distracted by the fact that a male friend is getting married. In the final scene, a showdown between Amy and her husband David, Amy makes a plea for honesty and trust.

The original production was directed by Natalie Abrahami with choreography by Ugo Dehaes. It was designed by Tom Scutt and performed by Darren Ellis and Gemma Higginbotham.

Alexandra Wood's plays include The Human Ear (Paines Plough); Ages (Old Vic New Voices); an English version of Manfred Karge's Man to Man (Wales Millennium Centre); Merit (Theatre Royal Plymouth); The Initiate (Paines Plough, Scotsman Fringe First); an adaptation of Jung Chang's Wild Swans (ART/Young Vic); The Empty Quarter (Hampstead Theatre); The Centre (Islington Community Theatre); Decade (co-writer, Headlong); Unbroken (Gate); The Lion's Mouth (Royal Court Rough Cuts); The Eleventh Capital (Royal Court) and the radio play Twelve Years (BBC Radio 4). She is a winner of the George Devine Award and was the Big Room Playwright-in-residence at Paines Plough in 2013.