David Eldridge

Plays by David Eldridge

A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

On a farm in the north-east of England, four generations gather in an epic play about hope, love, fear and the end of the world.

A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky is a refreshingly subtle and compassionate vision of a world on the edge of apocalypse. The focus is on a single family, their relationships and their regrets, soon to become permanent. Amongst the knotty, realistic dynamics, and the scars of family history, serious themes are elucidated and alleviated with humour and quirky, surreal touches.

The play opened at the Lyric Hammersmith in 2010, and represents a unique collaboration between three of the UK's pre-eminent stage writers. The ambition of the partnership is matched by the ambition of the play's sweeping scope. As the three voices collide, they also ring out individually without sacrificing the play's coherence. A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky represents a rare, fascinating study in stage collaboration.

Under the Blue Sky

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

In three subtly-linked acts, three pairs of teachers discuss love and lust with boldness and honesty, as Eldridge studies unrequited affection, obsession, sex, and even being happy.

Nick and Helen have been friends for three years since they slept together once, but they’ve got very different feelings about Nick taking a new job at a public school. In the next act, a drunken Michelle is very determined to sleep with her faithful confidant, the virginal history teacher Graham, but the recital of her various liaisons leads to a sinister reversal of the seduction. Finally, two older teachers, Robert and Anne, who have spent the school holidays together for many years, look up at the sky and begin to hope they could be happy.

Under the Blue Sky is a bright and emotional triptych of love stories. The play premiered in 2000 at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London.

A Week with Tony

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

David Eldridge blends politics, anger and empathy in a wily portrait of the mid-nineties Conservative middle class, on the brink of a Labour victory and several personal breakdowns.

Tony is a computer sales rep, struggling with his job, a new partner, and finding the forty thousand pounds that his daughter Elizabeth needs for her wedding. She is marrying the stockbroker Henry, whose father Nicholas is a Conservative constituency party chairman – he is looking forward to a good extravagant wedding to give a boost to the party. Amidst the sharply-observed flurry of fundraising garden parties, bubbly-drinking twenty-somethings and high profile wedding invitees, Tony is finding it hard to keep up, and the storm is about to break.

A Week with Tony was first performed in 1996 at the Finborough Theatre, London.

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David Eldridge was born in Romford, Greater London. His full-length plays include Serving it Up (Bush Theatre, 1996); A Week with Tony (Finborough Theatre, 1996); Summer Begins (NT Studio and Donmar Warehouse, 1997); Falling (Hampstead Theatre, 1999); Under the Blue Sky (Royal Court Theatre, 2000, awarded Best New Play in the West End in 2001); Festen (Almeida and Lyric Theatre, 2004); M.A.D. (Bush Theatre, 2004); Incomplete and Random Acts of Kindness (Royal Court Theatre, 2005); a new version of Ibsen's The Wild Duck (Donmar Warehouse, 2005); Market Boy (National Theatre, 2006); a new version of Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman (Donmar Warehouse, 2007); Under the Blue Sky (Duke of York's Theatre, 2008); an adaptation of Jean-Marie Besset's Babylone (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 2009); A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky, co-written with Robert Holman and Simon Stephens (Lyric Hammersmith, 2010); a new version of Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea (Royal Exchange Theatre, 2010); and In Basildon (Royal Court, 2012).