Plays by Cordelia Lynn

Lela & Co.

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Cordelia Lynn's play Lela & Co. explores conflict and capitalism through a monologue for a female performer that is continually interrupted by male voices. It was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London, on 3 September 2015.

The play unfolds as a monologue delivered by a female character called Lela, continually interrupted by male characters (all played by a single male performer). Lela tells her own story, beginning with her life in a village in the mountains. When she meets a business associate of her brother-in-law, he marries her and takes her across the border into the middle of a war zone. There he locks her up and sells her body to male clients, mostly soldiers. As the years go by, this 'family business' becomes trickier as the margins shrink, and life becomes ever harder for Lela, trapped in her tiny room. Even the peacekeeper, who sympathises with her plight, takes advantage of her. Is there any hope for Lela?

The Royal Court premiere was directed by Jude Christian and designed by Ana Inés Jabares-Pita. It was performed by Katie West and David Mumeni.

One For Sorrow  

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

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. 

Cordelia Lynn's plays include Lela & Co. (Royal Court Theatre, 2015); Believers Anonymous (Rosemary Branch Theatre, 2012); and After the War, which has been performed in venues around the UK and abroad. She was the recipient of the 2017 Pinter Commission for a new play at the Royal Court Theatre.