The Waiting Room - 1983 in a deserted railway station waiting room. A stranger waits for something to happen but is it a train or a date with destiny? A bizarre and ramshackle “family” appears with the apparent intention of “saving” the stranger from himself but the family displays such signs of disintegration and lack of cohesion, that their mission fails dismally. Only after the voluntary demise of the stranger do their true natures appear.
The Bond - Kick-started by certain scenes in Harold Pinter’s “The Homecoming” on British television around ’84, ’85 and regular trips to Manchester on the train to see my girlfriend in student accommodation, “The Bond” is the return from Australia of a man to a family of small-time crooks in England, claiming to be their long-lost brother. Neither we the audience nor they the family are quite sure if the man is who he says he is. When it comes to family, blood is always thicker than water, but must we take those family oaths to our graves?
The Conformist - Growing up in Italy in the mid-1920’s, lonely and largely ignored by his wealthy parents, 13 year-old Marcello Clerici lives in a fantasy world. After accidentally shooting a chauffeur, Marcello determines to live as “normal” a life as possible by adhering to the demands of Mussolini’s Fascism. Twenty years later, as Italy surrenders, he bumps into the chauffeur who hadn't died at all and realises how his entire life was built on a lie.The play was adapted from “The Conformist” by Alberto Moravia and performed in 1985.
London Cousins - It is the late 1980's and three young men, migrants to London, all from different parts of the UK - Scotland, North East England and Brighton – are brought together by fate, choice, coincidence and economic reality, their lives brushing almost imperceptibly against each other as they seek to redefine their identities in a rapidly-changing world. Barely conscious of who they are or what they seek, they surrender to the life-altering forces of the sprawling metropolis known as London. "London Cousins", based on real events, started life as an audition speech for the actor Steve Payne in 1988.
1979 - 1979 was written in 1984-5 and concerns young school-leaver Graham as he tries to adjust to adulthood at the age of 16. With his staunchly working class background, limited education and narrow world view, he vows to reinvent himself and tries to make some sense of the contradictory and harsh world he lives in: the economic wasteland of the North East of England in Thatcher"s Britain in the early 1980's. Unable to adjust quickly enough, he is "sectioned" in a psychiatric hospital where he meets Emily and together they escape the unit and go off and build their own world. Featuring political "rap" songs, despite being written for a large cast, it can be performed with a stock group of 6-7 actors. It was work shopped with Bruvvers Theatre Company in Newcastle in the spring of 1985.