Stephen Laughton

Plays by Stephen Laughton


Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Stephen Laughton's Run is monologue play that traces the coming-of-age of a gay Jewish teenager. It was produced by iN BLOOM and first performed at VAULT Festival, London, on 10 February 2016. After a national tour, the play transferred to The Bunker, London, in March 2017.

The play is narrated by Yonni, a seventeen-year-old gay Jewish kid. His devoutly religious family is preparing for the weekly shabbat, but he can think only about his schoolmate, Adam, with whom he is infatuated. As the evening’s events unfold - some of them real, some of them imagined - a deeply personal story about first love and infatuation expands to interrogate the difficult intersection of religion and queerness.

The premiere production was directed by Lucy Wray and performed by Tom Ross-Williams.

Stephen Laughton is a playwright whose work includes Marina Abramovic is Staring at Me (Terra Firma Theatre's 2011–12 Boxcar Reading Series at the Railroad Playhouse in Newburgh, New York, then Cell Theatre, Manhattan); Nine (part of the PlayWROUGHT#3 Festival at the Arcola Theatre, 2015); and Run (VAULT Festival, London, 2016; The Bunker, London, 2017).
His work for television includes Forward (Blacklisted Films) and Black Hill (Lime Pictures).