Plays by Lucy Prebble

The Effect

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

The Effect is a clinical romance. Two young volunteers, Tristan and Connie, agree to take part in a clinical drug trial. Succumbing to the gravitational pull of attraction and love, however, Tristan and Connie manage to throw the trial off course, much to the frustration of the clinicians involved.

The Effect was Prebble's first play after the critical and commercial success achieved by Enron. Its first production at the National Theatre, London, reunited Prebble with the director of Enron, Rupert Goold, who together delivered a vibrant theatrical exploration into the human brain via the heart. This funny, moving and perhaps surprisingly human play explores questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine, alongside ideas of fate, loyalty and the inevitability of physical attraction.

Described in the Financial Times as 'a scintillating exploration of the clash between scientific advance and human impulse', the world premiere, co-produced by Headlong, was performed at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre from November 2012–February 2013, starring Billie Piper and Jonjo O'Neill.


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

One of the most infamous scandals in financial history became a theatrical epic in Enron, a dazzling exposition of the shadowy mechanisms of economic deceit.

At once a case study and an allegory with continuing importance, the play charts the notorious rise and fall of the company Enron and its founding partners Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling. Market strategies based on engineering ever-rising stock prices, rather than actual profits, turned the company into an empty shell, a virtual organism balanced on a pin-point of market confidence. Mixing classical tragedy with savage comedy and surreal metaphor, Enron follows a group of flawed men and women in a narrative of greed and loss which reviews the tumultuous 1990s, and the financial chaos which has spilled over into the new century.

Enron premiered at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester in 2009.

audio Enron

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

Fasten your seatbelts for a rapid-fire, sophisticated thrill-ride that propels you through one of the most infamous financial scandals in history! With a spicy blend of humor, pathos and music, the big biz machinations of Kenneth Lay, Jeffrey Skilling and Andy Fastow are laid bare as razzle-dazzle entertainment. Lucy Prebble’s Enron casts a shocking new light on today’s economy and how we got here.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:

Steven Weber as Jeffrey Skilling

Gregory Itzin as Kenneth Lay

Greg Germann as Andrew Fastow

Amy Pietz as Claudia Roe

alongside Chris Butler, Jackie Emerson, Pamela J. Gray, Kasey Mahaffy, Jon Matthews, Julia McIlvaine, Russell Soder, Kenneth Alan Williams and Matthew Wolf.

Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

Featuring: Chris Butler, Jackie Emerson (in-studio), Greg Germann, Pamela J. Gray, Gregory Itzin, Kasey Mahaffy, Jon Matthews, Julia McIlvaine, Amy Pietz, Russell Soder, Steven Weber, Kenneth Alan Williams, Matthew Wolf

The Sugar Syndrome

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Dani is on a mission. She's just 17, hates her parents, skives college and prefers life in the chatrooms. What she's looking for is someone honest and direct. Instead she finds Tim, a man twice her age, who thinks she is 11 and a boy.

What seems at first to be a case of crossed wires, ends up as an unlikely, and unsettling friendship between the two, which culminates in a shocking, and morally challenging revelation.

The Sugar Syndrome was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London, in October 2003 in a production directed by Marianne Elliott.

Lucy Prebble lives in London. Her smash-hit play, Enron, transferred to the West End and Broadway in 2010 after sell out runs at both the Royal Court and Chichester Festival Theatre. In addition to the huge critical acclaim it has received, Enron also won the award for best New Play at the prestigious TMA Theatre Awards, and was shortlisted for the Evening Standard Award 2009. Lucy created the TV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl, starring Billie Piper, which enjoyed three series and was sold to Showtime, the major US channel famed for its daring dramas. Lucy won the prestigious George Devine Award 2004 for her outstanding debut play The Sugar Syndrome in May 2004, followed by the TMA Award for Best New Play in October 2004. She also won the 2004 Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright. Lucy was also nominated for the Most Promising Newcomer Award at the Olivier Awards 2004, shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award 2003 and nominated for the prestigious Evening Standard Charles Wintour Most Promising Playwright Award 2003. In 2012, The Effect premiered at the National Theatre, London.