Plays by Gareth Farr

Britannia Waves the Rules  

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Gareth Farr's play Britannia Waves the Rules is about conflict and its effect on soldiers returning home. It won a Judges' Award in the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, and was first performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, on 27 May 2014.

The play tells the story of Carl Jackson, a working-class lad from Blackpool, where there's 'Nowhere to go and nothing to do'. Feeling that he doesn't fit in, he signs up for the Army, seeing it as a way out of his constricted life. But the Army takes him to Afghanistan, and when he comes home, it's not as a war hero but as a changed man.

The Royal Exchange Theatre production was directed by Nick Bagnall and designed by Ashley Martin-Davis. It was performed by Clare Calbraith, Simon Harrison, Dan Parr (as Carl), Colin Tierney and Francesca Zoutewelle.

The Quiet House

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Gareth Farr's play The Quiet House is a drama about the effects of infertility on a young couple, and their struggle to conceive. It was first performed at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 26 May 2016, co-produced by Echo Presents, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Park Theatre, London. It transferred to Park Theatre on 7 June 2016.

The play follows young couple Jess and Dylan as they attempt to conceive their first child, embarking on a journey into the world of IVF. Forced to fight for the family they so desperately want, they put their faith in science and their relationship to the ultimate test.

The premiere production was directed by Tessa Walker and designed by Ana Inés Jabares-Pita. It was performed by Michelle Bonnard, Oliver Lansley, Allyson Ava-Brown and Tom Walker.

Gareth Farr is an actor and writer. His plays include: The Quiet House (Birmingham Rep & Park Theatre, London, 2016); and Britannia Waves the Rules (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 2014 and tour; winner of a Judges' Award at the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting; Sydney Fringe Festival).
As an actor he has worked with the RSC, Young Vic, West End, Royal Court, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Sheffield Theatres, and has had numerous television roles on programmes including Misfits, Skins and Vera.
He is Head of Acting at Arts Educational Schools London.