The Complete Plays

Follow the links to read synopses of the plays together with information about cast size, running time and set requirements.
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Full Length Plays

Short Plays

Radio Plays


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Minotaur
“British playwright Colin Pink has found real pertinence in the legendary tale of Theseus and the Labyrinth; his new play, Minotaur, is scarily resonant...”
Martin Denton, NYTHEATRE.COM

 


Full Length Plays


Minotaur

(Premiered by the Luminous Group, at the Pantheon theatre, New York City, April 2003.)
Duration 90 mins Cast 6M 2F plus mixed chorus (6), abstract set.

Utilising the format and techniques of ancient Greek drama Minotaur is a radical re-interpretation of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Set in the dissolute court of King Minos, who is planning a war, to distract the people from their real problems, that bears a striking resemblance to the Iraq conflict. This is a powerful satire on contemporary power politics and the obsession with ‘heros’.
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The Inner Circle Inner Circle
(premiered by The Luminous Group at The Sande Shurin Theatre, New York City, June 2001.)
Duration 120 mins Cast (3F, 2M), one set: artist's studio.

A famous artist attracts to himself a circle of weaker individuals and manipulates them for his own amusement. Simon enjoys playing sadistic games with them, for instance, humiliating Deborah his assistant and former lover in the presence of Kay his new young lover. After a drunken party, where Deborah is further humiliated, Simon travels to New York for a show. In his absence Deborah and Marcia (former model and addict) attempt to support one another in rebuilding their lives. However Simon’s return from New York demolishes their fragile new self-esteem. Simon’s tales of his New York exploits makes the volatile Kay jealous. Having alienated his old friends Simon is left isolated with the volatile Kay who extracts her own revenge for his mistreatment.
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Digging to Australia

Duration 100 mins. Cast (2F, 1M), one set divided into three areas: kitchen, garden, beach.

Pru and Tony’s domesticity is interrupted by the sudden arrival of Lucy, Tony’s sister. Over the course of a weekend Lucy insinuates herself into their lives and it becomes apparent that Pru and Tony are not as contented as everyone thinks. Gradually the superficial equilibrium of their lives is disrupted as long buried family secrets and lies emerge. Lucy and Tony must attempt to come to terms with the childhood death of their younger sister which is inextricably linked in their minds with incestuous sexual experimentation between them. Can they escape from their past or will history repeat itself with tragic results?
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Defining Dawn
Duration 70 mins. Cast (1M and 3F), one set: family sitting room.

Multi-media effects have an important role in this piece. Fantasy and reality merge in this journey into the mind of a psychotic young woman. Robin, a psychiatric social worker, tries to understand the dynamics operating between Dawn and her parents while simultaneously trying to resist her own fascination with Dawn. Interviews with the defensive and evasive parents are often inter-cut with thoughts from Dawn which call into question the truth of the situation. Dawn's obsession with the Baader-Meinhof terrorists leads her to conceive a bizarre plan of revenge. Towards the end of the play the action moves from the stage to the auditorium which becomes the venue for a business conference which Dawn attends with tragic results.
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Anniversary
Duration 70 mins Cast (2M 3F), one set: kitchen.

Anniversary is a comedy of manners about family secrets, lies and hypocrisy. Tom and Evelyn Venables have enlisted the help of their grown up children to help with the preparations for their 40th wedding anniversary party. Tensions mount as the children struggle to fulfil the roles expected of them and remain true to themselves.
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Bitter
Duration 70 mins Cast (2M 1F), one set: country cottage kitchen/sitting room.

Hard man Frank, his side-kick Tom and Frank’s girlfriend Viv hide-out in a remote farmhouse after picking up a mysterious consignment (subsequently identified as arms and explosives). Tensions mount and hidden agendas rise to the surface as they wait for the purchaser to turn up. The enmity between Tom and Viv leads each to try and poison the mind of the sadistic Frank against the other. But who is betraying whom? This anarchic play builds to an explosive and terrifying climax.
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The Skin of Memory
Duration 70 minutes. Cast (2M and 1F). one set: elderly man's sitting room.

The action takes place in the cosy bourgeois home of the old man. This is a virtuoso piece for an elderly actor. The play is set in 1992 and concerns the situation of a virtually housebound old man, in his eighties, who ponders his life and remembers the past. He is visited in turn by his cleaning lady, a friendly neighbour who wants him to co-operate in an Oral History project, against the background of an impending visit by his grown up daughter. News of atrocities in Bosnia-Herzegovina remind the old man of experiences he would rather forget.

The play is humorous in its early stages but gradually becomes much darker as the audience gains an insight into the man's past. At first the audience thinks the old man is traumatised by experience as a victim in a concentration camp, but in the end realises that the 'cute old man' is in fact a war criminal, haunted by his memories, and reminded by present day atrocities of the awful nature of his past. By the end of the play his memories, his fear of being held to account, and feelings of guilt lead him to the verge of mental collapse.
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Coda
Duration 90 minutes. Cast (1M and 2F), two sets: Helene Berg's apartment and Martin/Elises's apartment.

The action of the play alternates scenes between Helene Berg's Vienna apartment and Martin and Elise's apartment. Virtuoso part for an older actress. The play is set just prior to the death, in 1976, of Helene Berg, the elderly widow of the composer Alban Berg. A young composer, Martin, is determined to obtain permission from Berg's widow to complete the final act of the opera, Lulu. He manipulates the position of his lover, Elise, who is Helene's private nurse, to obtain access to the widow. Helene Berg is equally determined that no one should finish her husband's opera. She believes she is still in communication with her dead husband and that it is his wish it should not be completed.

During his researches Martin discovers that Alban Berg had a passionate affair towards the end of his life and suspects it is her unwillingness to face up to this situation that motivates Helene Berg's determination that the opera should never be completed. During the course of the play it is revealed that Martin, in a striking parallel with Alban Berg, is also having an affair. Martin's determination to make the old woman face up to 'the truth' results in upset for the old woman and the breakdown in Martin's relationship with Elise.

At the start of the play the audiences' sympathies lie with Martin and Elise, as they attempt to win over the imperious Helene. During the course of the play our sympathies swing to the embattled widow and away from the increasingly callous and self-obsessed Martin. Elise is the pivotal character in this transition since her affections parallel the movement in the affections of the audience. The play starts humorously and ends on a sad-contemplative note where everyone's certainties have been shattered.
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Short Plays


Crawling
(Prize winner in the 1999 London Writers' Competition, produced in San Diego)
Duration 30 mins. Cast 1M and 1F. Set: Police station cells.
Crawling consists of two inter-cut monologues from a teenage girl and a middle aged man. Both are being held in police cells. The girl is 'in care' but constantly runs away and makes money as a street prostitute. The man is a client of such girls, a sad lonely (and increasingly sinister) individual who cannot relate to women. Their two very contrasting stories converge and overlap.
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Jeopardy
Duration 25 mins. Cast 2M. Set: Interrogation room seen through a two way mirror.
Video projection is used in this piece. Jeopardy functions at two levels at once as the actors segue between two personas. At one level the play depicts the sinister environment of a suspect being intimidated and threatened by a torturer working for a totalitarian state. At another level it depicts the situation of a therapist and his client. In this way fascinating parallels between punitive and therapeutic interrogation are drawn. Caught between these two versions of reality the audience must decide what is the truth and what delusion. The play explores the vulnerability of people to torture from without and torture from within by their own minds.
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Touch
(Produced in New York City, Malibu and San Diego)
Duration 15 mins Cast 2F. Set: underground station platform.
Set on the underground a chance encounter between two women has life changing consequences. A humorous and poignant piece.
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Couple
(Produced in New York City and San Diego)
Duration 20 mins Cast 1M 1F Set: middle class sitting room.
A married couple bicker about their lovers – or do they?
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Stakeout
(Produced in Brighton, New York City and San Diego)
Duration 20 mins Cast 2M 1F Set: derelict building.
Two hit men wait for their next victim but are surprised by the owner of the building.
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Karma Café
(Produced in Malibu and San Diego)
Duration 20 mins Cast 2M 2F Set: A cafe.
Set in a café in limbo where souls wait their turn to be reborn and the customers muse over where they went wrong last time.
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The Gift
(Produced in Malibu and San Diego)
Duration 20 mins Cast IM 1F. Set woman's sitting room.
A kooky gift from an unexpected visitor has a surprise effect.
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The Waiting Room
Duration 25 mins Cast 2M 1F. Set: a waiting room.
What's that drilling noise? One man is in a hurry, but everybody has to wait their turn in the waiting room.
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Radio Plays


An Imperfect Atonement
(Prize winner in the 2005 London Writers' Competition)
Duration 45 mins.
The life and tragic death of the Austrian poet Georg Trakl. The great lyric poet struggles with his sanity in a world gone mad.
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Pleasure & Grief
Duration 45 mins.
A middle aged man remembers an affair he had with an older woman before he went to university. See the interview for more details about this piece.
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Defining Dawn
Duration 60 mins.
Fantasy and reality merge in this journey into the mind of a psychotic young woman. Robin, a psychiatric social worker, tries to understand the dynamics operating between Dawn and her parents while simultaneously trying to resist her own fascination with Dawn. Interviews with the defensive and evasive parents are often inter-cut with thoughts from Dawn which call into question the truth of the situation. Dawn's obsession with the Baader-Meinhof terrorists leads her to conceive a bizarre plan of revenge.
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