Plays by DC Moore


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Alaska is a tale of prejudice, sex and aggression, a portrait of unabashed racism.

The audience is introduced to Frank as a drug-dealing self-righteous History student. Having dropped out of university, he works at a cinema kiosk, where his colleagues are attracted to his tense and sullen manner. But brought into contact with Mamta, an Asian co-worker, he soon emerges as a hostile white supremacist, supporting his pseudo-intellectual prejudices by twisting history and quoting Biblical mistranslations. The play’s downward spiral of lies and violence unravels Frank’s desperation and obsession, and discusses identity and race in modern Britain.

The play was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in 2007.


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Common is a dark and disturbing journey into the carnivalesque world of early-Industrial Britain, exploring the personal and public traumas in the period of the enclosure. Written with verve and wit by Olivier Award-nominated and Writers' Guild Award-winning playwright DC Moore, it tells the story of Mary, a woman who has returned to the village of her birth after years of grifting a living on the edge of respectable London society. She is there to confront old enemies and rekindle a former love.

But there’s trouble in the air as the local Lord struggles to extend the reach of his power by reclaiming the common-land as his personal fiefdom. Will Mary be able to win over those she lost before? Or will the violence of the time seep over into even the purest of missions?
Common is an epic, funny and uncanny history play which examines the period of the enclosure, asking what does community mean and if there can ever be resolution in the intractable battle between individual desires and the common good.

The Empire

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Acute, witty and painful, The Empire explores some of the lengths humanity is stretched to under the circumstances of war.

The scene is an empty room in an abandoned compound in Helmand Province, in the blazing heat. Gary, a British soldier, guards an injured young prisoner suspected of being a Taliban fighter. Hafizullah, Gary’s Afghan colleague whom he has graciously christened Paddy, smokes hash and tries to follow Gary’s sarcastic, seething English. Gary wants answers, Hafizullah just wants to make it through the day and the newly awakened prisoner thinks there has been a big mistake. Surrounded by intense heat and violence, the characters' moral codes are tested to the limit as The Empire dissects the politics of occupation, home and abroad.

The play was first performed in 2010 at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

This darkly comic monologue takes a journey across London towards a late-night epiphany, exploring the lies we tell ourselves and each other and the fallout when the truth is revealed.

Dave works in a non-descript and useless government department, with people who would be bad at their jobs if they knew what it was they were supposed to be doing. One evening, at another bleakly inane office night out fuelled by champagne in plastic cups, Dave’s honesty boils over and he tells his boss exactly what he thinks of him, before setting off into the night, spitting confessions and vomit, searching for redemption.

Moore’s excoriating monologue breaks out of the deadlock of everyday life into a very real, relatable and bitingly comic fury of contemporary desperation.

Honest was first performed in 2010 by Royal & Derngate at the Mailcoach pub in Northampton.


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Lewis and Waldorf were inseparable at university. Ten years on and a lot has changed. In the middle of a drunken night out, they make a bet that will take their friendship to a whole new level.

Challenging the expectations on which heterosexual relationships and platonic friendships are based, Straight is a razor-sharp comedy described by the Daily Telegraph as 'funny and humane in equal measure'.

Based on the film Humpday, which was written and directed by Lynn Shelton, Straight was adapted for the stage by DC Moore. It received its world premiere at the Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield on 1 November 2012 in a production directed by Richard Wilson.


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

One evening, John starts to walk home. It takes him four days to get from London to Northampton, and he’s not in a very good state when he gets there.

Out of work and disillusioned, John tries to work out why he swapped the anonymity of corporate city life for the comforts of home, since everyone else seems to be trying to get away from Northampton. His old friend Anna is sustained by fantasies of intergalactic travel, and his new friend Mary is working on her UCAS statement. After walking so far, John doesn’t know which direction he should go next, and his loneliness and disconnection become a compelling portrait of a generation’s alienation.

Town is inspired by the journey made by the poet John Clare, who escaped from an asylum and travelled on foot for four days back to his hometown. The play premiered in 2010 at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton.

Picture of D.C. Moore

D.C Moore was born in 1980 in Duston, Northamptonshire. He took part in the Royal Court's Young Writer's Programme and his first full length play Alaska was produced there in 2007. In 2008 Alaska was awarded the Tom Erhardt Award for promising new playwright by the Peggy Ramsey Foundation. Moore's other plays include The Empire (2010), Honest (2010), Town (2010), The Swan (2011).