England is a country frightened of its young, a country of ASBOs, hoodies and happy slapping. How has our youth got so out of control? In a classroom somewhere a teacher, Tom, is alone with Darryl, an excluded boy, in an effort to teach him where all else has failed. Can Tom save Darryl? Or does Tom need a little saving himself? Can anyone save anyone? "Monster" won second prize in the Bruntwood Playwriting Competition for the Royal Exchange, part of the Manchester International Festival. It opens at the Royal Exchange, Manchester in June 2007.