Louise Monaghan

Plays by Louise Monaghan


Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Louise Monaghan's Pack is a play about bigotry and racism that explores the insidious rise of the British National Party. It was the winner of the 2012 Papatango new writing competition and was first performed at the Finborough Theatre, London, on 27 November 2012.

The play's action is set in a small function room in a community centre in Leeds. As a BNP rally gathers momentum on the streets outside, four women meet to play bridge: Dianna, the group instructor; Deb, a widowed, working-class hairdresser; Nasreen, a Muslim doctor with a Hindu husband; and Stephie, whose taxi driver husband is actively involved with the BNP. Struggling to find common ground, they talk about the men they married, their gifted and delinquent children and what their own heritage means. But beliefs and loyalties are tested to the limit when Stephie's fourteen-year-old son Jack is implicated in a brutal racist attack that leaves an eleven-year-old Pakistani boy close to death.

The Finborough Theatre premiere was directed by Louise Hill and designed by Olivia Altaras, with Angela Lonsdale as Deb, Sarah Smart as Stephie, Denise Black as Dianna and Amita Dhiri as Nasreen.

Playwright Louise Monaghan was the winner of a Bruntwood Prize Judges' Award 2011 for Shadow Play. Her first radio drama Alone in the Garden with You, produced and directed by Jessica Dromgoole, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 earlier this year. Her other plays include Beautiful – nominated by Out Of Joint Theatre Company for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2009, and Aurora which was a finalist for both the London Festival New Writing Award and Little Brother's Big Opportunity competition 2010.