Thomas James Brook is an ordinary boy at the turn of the 20th Century. His innocence of youth is shown in the letters that he sends his Mother, during a holiday with extended family in Weymouth. They reveal how a chance meeting, the sight of a mysterious man and how games he plays, form his perceptions of the future. Fast forward seven years and Thomas finds himself on the dock of Le Havre preparing for his journey to the front line of the Great War in 1915. Continuing to write to his beloved Mother, he tries to console her with his reasons for joining up early and shares his expectation and optimism for the future months, along with some of the sights and sounds that he encounters along the way. After a long, harsh struggle, dug down for many months in the trenches of the Somme, frustration shows, the pain of loss is clear and Thomas' innocence dissipates. The endless rows of muddy gullies, the constant fear of attack, the reckless attitude of the commanding forces and the loss of a childhood friend, leave a broken Thomas just wanting to be back home
Three homeless men who live underneath a disused railway bridge battle with each other, their emotions, and against austerity as they fight to find a way to survive. A black comedy, written to highlight the tight austerity measures that were imposed by the government at the time.
A contemporary psychological drama about a solider imprisoned by his past, with poignant memories of childhood and friendship flooding his thoughts as he stands at the cross deciding his future.
Originally written as 10-minute short, this play was a collaboration between Mark and Rhona as part of an arts-council funded project led by The Scriptorium, Gloucester. This was an intiative to support local writers in developing their work.
"I walked in and she's sat in the coffin. In the middle of the living-room floor and she's - she's watching telly and laughing" Nobody can ignore the fact that Myra is dying but in the meantime, life goes on. There are boilers to be fixed, cats to be fed and the perfect funeral to be planned. As a mother researches burial spots and bio-degradable coffins, her family are finally forced to communicate with her, and each other, as they face up to an unpredictable future
Being a small-time drug dealer in Cardiff and living up to your family's expectations is tough. Marc avoids his mum, disguises his cannabis plants with fake tomatoes at the allotment, and now has to bail his old man out of £6,000 owed to local loan shark Oggy.
When he meets Lisa for the first time in years, things get even messier. Oggy wants Lisa. Lisa wants Marc. Marc wants to survive the day
You're six years old. Mum's in hospital. Dad says she's done something stupid. She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that's brilliant about the world. Everything that's worth living for.
1. Ice Cream
2. Kung Fu Movies
3. Burning Things
4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose
5. Construction cranes
You leave it on her pillow. You know she's read it because she's corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. A play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.