Plays by David Farr

The Danny Crowe Show

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

An overly zealous TV researcher disappears in the North West – a high-yield terrain for freaks. A shy Cheshire teenager knifes his violent father to death in a small railwayman's cottage. Could there be a connection?

Welcome to the wonderful world of The Danny Crowe Show.

The Danny Crowe Show premiered at the Bush Theatre, London, on 10 October 2001.

The Nativity

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Joseph, the Carpenter, seems destined never to find love, until one day a beautiful girl enters his workshop to escape from a storm. Her name is Mary, and three months later they are married. But on their wedding night Mary tells Joseph that she is already pregnant.

So begins a remarkable journey involving giants, shepherds, kings, devils and angels. A journey covering hundreds of miles and ending in a divine miracle.

Using all the storytelling magic associated with Young Vic productions such as Grimm Tales and More Grimm Tales, David Farr breathes new life into one of the world’s greatest stories.

Night of the Soul

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

2001. A large south-coast town.

Invisible to all, the ghost of a young woman walks the corridors of a smart modern hotel.

The night before his father's funeral a forty-year-old market researcher holes up in the hotel to take stock.

Then he sees her.

Night of the Soul received its premiere at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the Pit Theatre in April 2002.

The Odyssey

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

A stranger washed up on the shores of a great city claims to be Odysseus, sacker of Troy. Bedraggled and desperate, he pleads for help to get back to his native land of Ithaca and his waiting wife Penelope. To do so he must tell his remarkable tale of ten years’ wandering amongst giants, nymphs, sirens and lotus eaters. The story of a man who won a war abroad and lost everything in search for home.

Silence (Farr & Filter)

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Silence is a haunting, gripping play about noises: a toaster, a cassette tape, an aeroplane, an interview, a ringing in the ears. Kate, who has tinnitus — her brain invents sounds when there are none — receives a letter in the post and sets out for Russia to find the first man she fell in love with. Meanwhile her husband Michael listens to police surveillance recordings from the nineties for the documentary film he is making. Peter, a sound recordist, listens quietly every morning to the girl next door making toast.

Exploring intersections of the political and the personal with deft and moving complexity, Silence is a vividly poignant portrait of things unspoken.

The play is a collaboration between David Farr, the RSC and the devised theatre company Filter, renowned for a distinctive theatrical style that exposes the workings of a production. The play premiered in 2011 at the Hampstead Theatre, London.

The UN Inspector

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Spotted at the Marriott by government aides in search of a decent cappuccino, a British businessman nonentity is mistaken for the dreaded UN inspector. While he exploits the situation for all it's worth, presidential panic ensues as ex-Soviet Ministers make farcical attempts to cover up the corruption that lies at the State's core.

A riotous satire based on Gogol's masterpiece, The Government Inspector, David Farr's new play explores human greed and immorality in the highest places.

The UN Inspector premiered at the National Theatre, London in June 2005.

David Farr is a writer and director. His plays The Danny Crowe Show, Elton John's Glasses, Night of the Soul, Ramayana, The UN Inspector, The Heart of Robin Hood and a collection of adaptations have all been published by Faber. He was Artistic Director of London's Gate Theatre from 1995 to 1998, and Joint Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic from 2002 to 2005. He has directed Coriolanus and Julius Caesar for the RSC and The UN Inspector for the National Theatre. In June 2005 he became Artistic Director of the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, where his productions included new versions of The Odyssey and Kafka's Metamorphosis. In 2009 he became Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, where his productions of The Winter's Tale, King Lear and The Homecoming opened to critical acclaim.