Full Length Play
Time Period - 1980s
Settings Of Play - Sydney, Australia. 1984. Timmony's bookshop.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
From West End
Winner! Best New Australian Play, 1983
Timothy Timmony is the elderly, cultured proprietor of a book shop in a Sydney area that is being redeveloped. The bookstore is in the last building still standing. Simon Matthews, an uncultured but not insensitive adventurer, comes to the shop in pursuit of a particular volume at closing time. Just as Simon discovers that the book been sold to his arch enemy, the landlord locks he and Timmony in the building for the night. It soon becomes obvious that the book contains a code which identifies the whereabouts of an invaluable artifact. Through the night the two combatants anoeuvre for position. The revelation that the artifact is in the shop creates a climax that allows the two men to discover themselves through each other.
"The sort of old fashioned suspense drama calculated to raise the fur on the back of your neck. . . . A nice, creepy dramatic adventure." - The New York Post
"A tight, bright play." - The New York Times
"Outs Agatha Christie in twists and turns that delight."-The Australian
"Classy." - The Dallas Times Herald
DOWN AN ALLEY FILLED WITH CATS first appeared at the Mermaid Theatre in London, England on November 27, 1985. Directed by John Wood.