Plays by Peter Morris

The Age of Consent

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

The Age of Consent places in counterpoint two acutely uncomfortable monologues about childhood, responsibility and the shattering of innocence.

One voice is a teenager awaiting his release from a correctional facility after serving his time for the murder of a child. The other is the young mother of a child performer, ruthlessly scheming for fame and fortune, and making sure her daughter will do absolutely whatever it takes.

The characters are united by a sense of denial, as well as the humanity that can exist behind even the most monstrous abuse. Morris’s controversial and powerful play premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2001, and was condemned and acclaimed for tackling the subject of child killers.

Peter Morris's first play, The Square Root of Minus One, was awarded the 1998 International Student Playscript Prize, and was later selected for the 2000 Eugene O'Neill NPC in the USA. He has twice won the Sunday Times Playwriting Prize: in 2000 for Marge (Soho Rep NYC), and in 2001 for A&R (Edinburgh Fringe). Other plays include Second Amendment Club (Union Theatre, London); Boy Band (Brighton Festival and Edinburgh Fringe); and a stage adaptation of Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita. His Age of Consent was produced at the Bush Theatre in 2002, and published by Methuen Drama that same year.