Full Length Play
Settings Of Play - A road in a small Lancashire town. Tonight.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Cutting Approved for Competition, Scene work, Competition or audition material
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Named among the "10 most influential postwar British plays" by Guardian UK!
Under the guidance of the rum-soaked wideboy Scullery, we are taken on an evening's tour of a scruffy, depressed road in a small Lancashire town. Moving from street corner to living room, from edroom to kitchen, we meet the inhabitants of young, middle-aged, and old, glimpsing their socially and emotionally wretched lives, in this sharp, sad, funny, and angry play.
"Uncomfortable and magical...funny and bitter. It is a northern Under Milk Wood, high on pills and booze." - The London Sunday Times
"The climax comes when two flash lads have picked up two girls...This sequence is simply one of the most unlikely, audacious and, in the event, riveting scenes to be found currently in the theatre." - London Financial Times
"Beneath the gags, the playwright's rumbling sense of lost dignity resulting from unemployment, chauvinism or from simply getting paralytically pissed, give this stunning debut a perceptive and frightening reality." - City Limits
"Mr. Cartwright is asking the right question and he has something to say. The question is, why is the world so hard?" - London Observer
"The debut of a writer of outstanding talent." - London Sunday Telegraph
Road was first presetned at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in London, on March 22, 1986. It was directed by Simon Curtis. This production subsequently transferred to the Royal Court's main auditorium on June 9, 1986. The play was subsequently presented by Lincoln Center Theater at La MaMa ETC in New York City in 1988.