Stewart Pringle

Plays by Stewart Pringle


Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Stewart Pringle's play Trestle is a two-hander about love and ageing, asking how we choose to live in the face of soaring life expectancies. It was the winner of the 2017 Papatango New Writing Prize, and was first performed at Southwark Playhouse, London, on 1 November 2017, produced by Papatango.

The play takes place in a community hall in a small Yorkshire village in the present day. Harry, a widower in his sixties, chairs a weekly meeting of the local Improvement Committee, while Denise, also in her sixties, runs a Zumba class. Harry feels like life is beginning to tick down; Denise thinks life begins in retirement and she’s dancing like she’s still at high school. What starts as a series of brief encounters between natural opposites, united by a need to pack away the trestle table, gradually turns into a friendship, and their understanding of the time they have left changes irrevocably.

The Southwark Playhouse production was directed by Cathal Cleary and designed by Frankie Bradshaw. It was performed by Gary Lilburn and Connie Walker. 

Stewart Pringle is Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre, London. Prior to that he was Artistic Director of the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington, for which he received the 2016 Off West End Award for Best Artistic Director. In 2011 he co-founded the London Horror Festival. Working as a theatre critic for several years, his writing has been published in The Stage, Time Out, New Scientist and Exeunt Magazine.
As a playwright, his work includes Trestle (Southwark Playhouse, 2017; winner of the 2017 Papatango New Writing Prize), The Ghost Hunter and You Look Tasty!.