by Louise Monaghan (2012, Prize Winner)
Directed by Louise Hill. Designed by Olivia Altaras. Lighting by Neill Brinkworth. Costume by Sarah Vigar. Composed by Craig Adams.
Cast: Denise Black. Amita Dhiri. Angela Lonsdale. Sarah Smart.
“This woman spat at me the other day. I could taste the saliva on me own tongue. And I don’t blame her, not for one minute I don’t. Because if someone beat my child half to death, I’d want to do the same.”
As a BNP rally gathers momentum on the streets outside, four women meet to play bridge. Struggling to find common ground, they talk about the men they married, their gifted and delinquent children and what their own heritage means. But beliefs and loyalties are tested to the limit when Stephie’s fourteen year old son, Jack, is implicated in a brutal racist attack that leaves an eleven year old Pakistani boy close to death.
A raw, uncompromising drama about bigotry and racism that explores the insidious rise of the British National Party.
Playwright Louise Monaghan was the winner of a Bruntwood Prize Judges’ Award 2011 for Shadow Play. Her first radio drama Alone in the Garden with You, produced and directed by Jessica Dromgoole, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 earlier this year. In 2006, she was a member of ‘The Fifty,’ a new writing initiative run by The Royal Court Theatre in conjunction with the BBC. Her other plays include Beautiful – nominated by Out Of Joint Theatre Company for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2009, and Aurora which was a finalist for both the London Festival New Writing Award and Little Brother’s Big Opportunity competition 2010. She was shortlisted for Theatre Centre’s Adrienne Benham Award 2012 and is a member of their Skylines group.
★★★★★ Five Stars The Good Review
★★★★ Four Stars The Guardian
★★★★ Four Stars WhatsOnStage
★★★★ Four Stars The Public Reviews
“Knocks spots off much of the new writing I have seen.” Michael Billington, The Guardian
“This fantastic production will hopefully ensure Monaghan a future life on the London stage.” WhatsOnStage
“Expertly cast… Denise Black has exactly the right air… Angela Lonsdale as the abrasive Deb, and Sarah Smart as the sweet-seeming Stephie, both beautifully show the reverses that are a vital part of bridge.” Michael Billington, The Guardian