Plays by Bryony Lavery

Beautiful Burnout

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Keep your guard up. Protect yourself at all times. Protect your boy. Keep him safe. Keep him close. That is all that matters.

Cameron is going places. He's going to see lights. He's going to make the world take notice and kneel at his feet. He's fighting for his club, his mum, his place in the world. And this boy is a natural. He has an affinity with the violence, the balance, the ritual, the grace and the power. He is indestructible.

Beautiful Burnout is about the soul-sapping three minutes when men become gods and gods, mere men. It's about the second when the guard drops, that moment when the eyes blink and miss the incoming hammer blow.

Beautiful Burnout premiered at the Pleasance Forth as part of the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2010 before touring the UK in a co-production between Frantic Assembly and the National Theatre of Scotland.

audio Frozen

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

One evening ten-year old Rhona goes missing. As her mother retreats into a state of frozen hope, a psychologist studies the brain of a serial killer to find out if what he does is pure evil—or simply beyond his control. Drawn together by horrific circumstances, these three embark on a long, dark journey that ends in the discovery of a common humanity.

A L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:

Rosalind Ayres as Nancy

Jeffrey Donovan as Ralph

Laila Robins as Agnetha

Includes a conversation with Dr. Eraka Bath, the Director of Child Forensic Services at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at the University of California - Los Angeles.

Directed by Eric Simonson. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

Featuring: Rosalind Ayres, Jeffrey Donovan, Laila Robins

video Treasure Island (NT)

National Theatre
Type: Video

Age recommendation: 9+

Recorded through National Theatre Live on 22nd January, 2015.

It's a dark and stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper's granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor's feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins.

Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure of mutiny, money and murder is brought to life on the Olivier stage in a thrilling new adaptation by Bryony Lavery and directed by Polly Findlay.

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Jim Hawkins: Patsy Ferran
Grandma: Gillian Hanna
Bill Bones: Aidan Kelly
Dr Livesey: Alexandra Maher
Squire Trelawny/Voice of the Parrot: Nick Fletcher
Mrs Crossley: Alexandra Maher
Red Ruth: Heather Dutton
Job Anderson: Raj Bajaj
Silent Sue: Lena Kaur
Black Dog: Daniel Coonan
Blind Pew: David Sterne
Captain Smollett: Paul Dodds
Long John Silver: Arthur Darvill
Lucky Mickey: Jonathan Livingstone
Joan the Goat: Claire-Louise Cordwell
Israel Hands: Angela de Castro
Dick the Dandy: David Langham
Killigrew the Kind: Alastair Parker
George Badger: Oliver Birch
Grey: Tim Samuels
Ben Gunn: Joshua James
Shanty Singer: Roger Wilson
Parrot (Captain Flint): Ben Thompson

Director: Polly Findlay
Adaptation: Bryony Lavery
Designer: Lizzie Clachan
Lighting Designer: Bruno Poet
Composer: John Tams
Fight Director: Bret Yount
Movement Director: Jack Murphy
Music and Sound Designer: Dan Jones
Illusions: Chris Fisher
Comedy Consultant: Clive Mendus
Creative Associate: Carolina Valdés

Bryony Lavery's plays include Her Aching Heart (Pink Paper Play of the Year 1992) and A Wedding Story (2000). Her play Frozen, commissioned by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, won the TMA Best Play Award, the Eileen Anderson Central Television Award, and was then produced on Broadway where it was nominated for 4 Tony awards. She also wrote Last Easter, produced in The Door, and created adaptations of Uncle Vanya and A Christmas Carol as an associate artist for The REP. Stockholm, with Frantic Assembly, won the Wolff-Whiting award for Best Play of 2008. Recent work includes Beautiful Burnout for the National Theatre of Scotland and Frantic Assembly, which received a Fringe First at Edinburgh; The Believers with Frantic Assembly at the Theatre Royal Plymouth and the Tricycle; Kursk with Sound and Fury at the Young Vic and Sydney Opera House; Cesario for the National Theatre; Thursday at the Adelaide Festival; Queen Coal at the Studio, Sheffield; and an adaptation of Tales of the City/ More Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin for BBC Radio 4. Forthcoming work includes stage adaptations of 101 Dalmatians for Chichester Festival Theatre; Brideshead Revisited for York Theatre Royal; and Picnic at Hanging Rock for ETT/Brink. Bryony Lavery is an honorary Doctor of Arts at De Montfort University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.