Plays by Molly Davies

God Bless the Child

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

‘Badger Do Best’ has landed, bringing with it a new world of rules and regulations. But the kids in the classroom are fighting back. Tired of being guinea pigs in yet another government scheme, can the class of 4N bring down the education regime set to pacify them?

After years working in the classroom, Molly Davies imagines a mutiny of eight-year-olds in her play commissioned by the Royal Court. God Bless the Child received its world premiere at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London, on 12 November 2014, in a production directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone

A Miracle

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Molly Davies’s keen-edged and sparse debut play is about wanting a better life.

Nineteen-year-old Amy, who works in a chicken nuggets factory, is a reluctant single mother, and her baby daughter is looked after by Amy’s mother most of the time. When her old school friend Gary comes back from the army on leave, they have sex and do drugs and Amy begins to hope that with her new boyfriend and the shining promise of a trip to Brighton she can rise out of the life she feels trapped by. But flashes of violence and self-loathing show us frustrated hopes and very real characters.

This important play is set in Norfolk, in a depressed and struggling agricultural community, a reminder that social deprivation is not just an inner city problem. The play premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2009.

Picture of Molly Davies

Molly Davies, born in Norfolk, won the Westminster Prize for her ten-minute play No Fairy Stories (Soho Theatre). For young audiences, she has written Day One (National Youth Theatre), The Best Team Since the A Team (Southwark Playhouse) and My Days (Soho/Company of Angels). She is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme. A Miracle, published by Methuen Drama in 2009 is her first full-length play. God Bless The Child won Molly Davies the 2015 Harold Pinter Playwriting Award.