The Albatross 3rd & Main

by  Simon David Eden

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  3m

Gene Lacy, a former lobster boat fisherman and proprietor of Lacy’s General Store, is down on his luck big time: he’s ducking creditors,huge gambling debts, and an ex-wife with very expensive tastes. So when Spider walks into his store with a golden lottery ticket in the shape of a rare and valuable dead bird, Gene has a choice to make.

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The Albatross 3rd & Main

by  Simon David Eden

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    90 minutes
  • Accolades


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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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He has the connections to help Spider turn his windfall into greenbacks, but there’s one tiny problem, as Gene’s right-hand man – an ex-boxer named Lullaby – is well aware: it’s a felony offence to even be in possession of the bird. As the metaphorical noose tightens, and the threat of a lengthy stretch behind bars hangs over them, so the friendships unravel with a potentially deadly and deadly funny outcome: if there’s honour amongst thieves, somebody forgot to tell these guys.

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★★★★ 'darkly comic and clever three-hander is fast-paced and entertaining with echoes of David Mamet … impressive stage design … an outstanding cast’ - West End Wilma

★★★★ 'had the audience laughing throughout … the conclusion was perfection as well … suburb writing and direction from Simon David Eden.' - On In London

★★★ 'A comic portrait of hapless criminality… hint of David Mamet … tantalising whiff of absurdism. Fine performances.' - Metro

★★★ 'A great balance of drama, tension and comedy’-

★★★ 'gives us lots to listen to and laugh at … American Gothic injected with a dose of very literate city humour and dialogue on speed’ - UpComing

"An excellent comedy that is rich, dark, well designed and acted, play loaded with wit, wisdom and the courage to examine some important themes." - Paul Levy (Fringe Review)

"Razor sharp and wickedly funny." - Treat Williams (Prince of the City, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead)

"Funny, intimate and realistic with a dark twist. Extraordinary performances. Not to be missed!" - Stephanie Prior (WHM magazine)

"Slick, punchy, black comedy and a psychological thriller, full of sharp, stylish and intelligent writing. Very clever and very, very funny. A must see for theatregoers from Brighton and beyond." - Paul Gustafson (G-Scene Magazine)


Performing Groups

  • Professional Theatre


  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    A General Store in Massachusetts, USA

  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes



LULLABY - 40s / 50s African-American

GENE - 40s / 50s Caucasian

SPIDER - 30s Caucasion

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • All Male





Simon David Eden

Born and raised in Brighton, Simon is an alumnus of the Royal College of Art (MA Distinction). In addition to his work for the stage, (When The Saintz Go Marching In, The Little Match Girl - Musical) Simon’s writing career includes commissions from Hollywood studios and UK television. His script for TV medical series ...

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2nd-20th Feb 2016. Emporium Theatre Brighton. Shiny Pin Productions Ltd

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