Winner! Cameron Mackintosh Award, Oxford University's annual New Writing Festival
Fresh out of prison, a young man returns to his English coastal home village. He takes a job offered by the local eccentric, a clockmaker and friend of his father. Storytelling, epilepsy, seafaring, lock picking and espionage make this unique lyrical play a true delight. A son is usurped from his throne. The counterfeit king offers him a series of impossible challenges to regain his lost place. But the boy passes them all. The final test involves two envelopes—one has 'King' written inside it and the other has 'Death'. But the boy knows the king has written 'Death' in both and he is able to outwit the king and ultimately win. It is suggested that all the actors remain on stage throughout the play and when not actually involved in a scene should move about in ways suggesting the interior movements of a timepiece.