Davey Anderson

Plays by Davey Anderson


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Anderson's note on the play tells us that 'Blackout is based on a true story. It was told to me by a young man called Peter over several cups of tea.

'When I spoke to him, Peter was serving a probation sentence for attempted murder. He committed the crime when he was fifteen years old and was lucky not to be in jail. I didn't really know what to expect before I met him, but Peter wasn't at all what I expected. He was funny, articulate, thoughtful, passionate, a bit cheeky. More than anything he had this burning desire to communicate. So I took his words and turned them into a short monologue. Then I gave him a copy to take home. He said he was going to read it carefully and come back to me with corrections. Next time I saw him, he told me he'd read the text out loud to his mum and that she'd cried. He also told me I got the name of his sword wrong.'

Blackout is the true story of a 15-year-old boy charged with attempted murder who tries to piece together the events in his life that have brought him into a secure care unit and threaten to keep him there. This short play packs a big emotional punch with its stylistic economy and razor-sharp storytelling.

Commissioned by the Royal National Theatre for NT Connections it was originally performed in the Cottesloe Theatre in July 2008. ThickSkin's production of the play won the Arches Brick Award, 2010, at the Edinburgh Festival before embarking on a tour of the UK.

The Static

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

In his Writer's Note, Davey Anderson says: ' I saw him on a train. There he was wearing a giant pair of headphones playing nothing but white noise. 'Why would someone listen to static?' I thought, 'What other sounds is he trying to drown out?' The question troubled me. I became a bit obsessed. I started remembering the delusion I used to have as a teenager, the awful paranoia that my thoughts were somehow seeping out of my head. I took the same train every day for a week. I never saw him again, but I started to paint a picture of him in my mind. I even gave him a name. Sparky.'

Sparky is a bright but volatile 15-year-old boy on the brink of permanent exclusion from school. Then one day he falls under the spell of a seemingly psychic girl called Siouxsie and develops his own kinetic superpower. But will it save him or push him over the edge?

Set in a high school in a small town on the west coast of Scotland, The Static is a coming-of-age love story about what happens when our darkest dreams come true. Commissioned and produced by ThickSkin, it was first performed on 4 August 2012 at Underbelly, Edinburgh.

Davey Anderson is from Glasgow and his work as Playwright/Director includes: Snuff, (Arches Theatre, as winner of the Arches Award for Stage Directors, runner up Meyer-Whitworth Award), Rupture (NTS & Traverse Theatre) and Blackout (National Theatre New Connections & Citizens Theatre Young Company). His other plays include: Flicker (as part of the 200th play, Òran Mór), Playback (Ankur Productions), Wired (Òran Mór), Liar (TAG Theatre Company & Sounds of Progress, Best Show for Children and Young People, Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland) and Clutter Keeps Company (Birds of Paradise). Adaptations include: Zorro (Visible Fictions & Traverse Theatre). Co-Writing/Directing credits include: Mixter Maxter (NTS & St Magnus Festival, Orkney). As Associate Director he collaborated with New York based company The T.E.A.M. on Architecting (Co-Production with NTS). His work as Musical Director/Composer includes: Peter Pan (NTS & Barbican), Be Near Me (NTS & Donmar Warehouse), Oresteia (Lazzi Experimental Arts Unit & Cumbernauld Theatre) and Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland, world tour). He was Director in Residence with the National Theatre of Scotland 2006-07 and is currently an Associate Playwright with the Playwrights' Studio Scotland 2010-11.