Full Length Play
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Present Day
Settings Of Play - Number one court, Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey, London, and in the defendant's cell, and a corridor outside the court.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Mild Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
From West End
James Highwood, the host of a popular television program called 'British Justice', is on the stand at the Old Bailey, accused of murdering his mentally disabled child. He refuses his solicitor's plea to obtain legal representation and conducts his own defense, admitting responsibility but pleading manslaughter. His claim that the jury alone is responsible for the verdict brings him into conflict with the judge, while his battle to have his intentions understood brings him into conflict with the prosecutor, a well known Catholic pro-lifer. There is also the question of whether Highwood actually killed his child after all. This adroitly written courtroom drama starred Diana Quick and Martin Shaw in London's West End.
"Absorbing...His writing is sharp, and the courtroom interchanges positively crackle. " - Sunday Express
Rough Justice premiered at the Apollo Theatre in London in May 1994 under the direction of Robin Herford.