Plays by Fiona Doyle

The Strange Death of John Doe  

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Fiona Doyle's play The Strange Death of John Doe is a drama that starts with the death of a migrant attempting to reach Britain via the undercarriage of an aeroplane, and proceeds to trace details of his life story. It was first performed at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, London, on 25 May 2018.

The play is set in London in the present day. The body of an unidentified young man is found face down in a suburban street. He has no ID and nobody witnessed anything. Pathologists and police working on the case must uncover the truth and piece the story – and body – of this ‘John Doe’ back together. A breakthrough sends DC John Kavura into overdrive and, as his investigation unravels, he uncovers the story of a man from Mozambique called Ximo, who takes his life into his hands to get to Europe.

The premiere production was directed by Edward Hall and designed by Michael Pavelka. It was performed by Damola Adelaja, Charlotte Bradley, Benjamin Cawley, Callie Cooke, Maynard Eziashi, Nick Hendrix, Rhashan Stone and Abigail Thaw. 

Fiona Doyle is a playwright whose work includes: Abigail (Bunker Theatre, London, 2017); Deluge (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, 2015; winner of the 2014 Eamon Keane Full-Length Play Award); Coolatully (Finborough Theatre, London, 2014; winner of the 2014 Papatango New Writing Prize); and So Gay (winner of the 2013 Play for the Nation’s Youth).
Her short plays include Rootbound and Rigor Mortis (Arcola Theatre) and Two Sisters (Southwark Playhouse).
She was awarded the Irish Theatre Institute’s inaugural 2015/16 Phelim Donlon Playwright’s Bursary and Residency Award.