Peter Straughan

Plays by Peter Straughan


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

In a rundown porn cinema in 1960s Gateshead, two Jewish brothers are at war with each other. Their business is on the verge of bankruptcy and they owe a shedload of money to a local gangster. But all their problems seem to be over when one of them kidnaps Reggie Kray . . .

Sharp, uncompromising and witty, Bones is a deliciously dark comedy about family ties, gangland warfare and a man in a dress.

Bones premiered at Live Theatre, Newcastle in 1999.


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

George is on the hunt for the man who is seducing his wife Ruth, a lecturer in film noir at the university.

Alison, an adult chat-line operator, tells her psychiatrist a dream that she was shot in the woods by her father, Howard, whom the Pentecostal preacher Reverend Lang suspects of stealing £20,000 from the church accounts.

When Morris, Ruth's seducer, turns up as a waiter in a Chinese restaurant, things take a sinister turn for the worse.

Noir is a dark comedy of desire, dreams and coincidental disappearances. It was co-produced by Live Theatre and Northern Stage Ensemble and premiered at Newcastle Playhouse in May 2002.

Peter Straughan was writer-in-residence at Live Theatre in Newcastle in 1999/2000 where he wrote Bones. His play COld, a black comedy about a string quartet of psychopathic young men toured during 2001 to great acclaim. His feature fims Five Psychopaths and The Edward Stark Trilogy are under commission from Contagious Films. His half-hour television film Waiters was broadcast in 2001 starring Lee Hall and Robson Green. He won the Alfred Bradley radio award for the adaptation of his own stage play The Ghost of Frederico Garcia Lorca Which Can Also Be Used As A Table. The radio version was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 2001. Other plays include Fetish (Live Theatre, Newcastle, 2000), Rat (Pink Ponyt THeatre, New York, 1996), and A Rhyme for Orange (winner of the 1997 North East People's Play Award. He also adapted Toby Young's memoir How to Lose Friends & Alienate People for the screen and is the writer of the 2009 film, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and co-writer of the 2011 film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Adapted Screenplay, a screenplay he wrote in collaboration with his late wife Bridget O'Connor. They were awarded a BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay.