Alistair McDowall

Plays by Alistair McDowall


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Ollie’s sister is missing. Searching Manchester in desperation, she finds all roads lead to Pomona – an abandoned concrete island at the heart of the city. Here at the centre of everything, journeys end and nightmares are born.

A sinister and surreal thriller from Alistair McDowall, Pomona received its professional premiere at the Orange Tree Theatre, London, on 12 November 2014 in a critically acclaimed production that brought widespread praise for the theatre and the playwright. Of that first production, The Independent wrote that the play was ‘Brilliantly creepy and compelling, [it] darts back and forth in time and disorientingly blurs the divide between horror games and a much more nightmarish reality . . . The piece remains forever slippery about recognising evil, challenging us with the moral ambiguities of its Mobius strip nature.’


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

It’s a tax write-off. This is where they send the new, the under-qualified, the old. And most of all the British. Mars is full of blonde Americans. It’s like they’re building the master race out there.

Billions of miles from home, the lone research base on Pluto has lost contact with Earth. Unable to leave or send for help, the skeleton crew sit waiting.


Waiting long enough for time to start eating away at them.

To lose all sense of it.

To start seeing things in the dark outside.

Alistair McDowall's play X premiered at the Royal Court on 30 March 2016 in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs.

Alistair McDowall grew up in the North East of England. Brilliant Adventures was awarded a Bruntwood Prize in 2011, and was developed as part of the Young Writers Festival 2012 at the Royal Court. He has been a writer on attachment with the Royal Court, Paines Plough, and the National Theatre Studio (Summer 2013).