Details of some other plays by Brian - completed over the last few years.  

THE SPARE ROOM

Is it every woman's right to have a baby? 

 

Stef only wants what other women can have, but what happens if it doesn’t work for her and her partner Joe? The fertility industry is huge and lucrative. Offering hope and often delivering the “goods”. But what happens to those couples where it isn’t working – and where hope turns into obsession? This is the story of one of those couples.

This full length play had a rehearsed reading in June 2016 at The Rosemary Branch Theatre in London in association with The Script Readers. It was directed by Maddy Moore and featured: Camilla Rockley, Mike Evans, Paul Vates and Frances Amey. 

 

It was shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Playwriting Award in 2017.

PURE

 

Is there any issue more critical to our future than how we are abusing our planet?

As a deadly virus threatens humankind a young woman Cass is immune to it and scientists have no idea why. She wants to help save her loved ones and so agrees to be part of their search for a cure, but what are they going to do to her and is it all too late anyway?

PURE is a love story and a cautionary tale. It asks serious questions about whether our toxic relationship with the planet can continue indefinitely. 

James Grieve the former AD at Paines Plough described the script as follows: "It's terrific. Engaging and incisive and pertinent... it deserves to be seen."

You can see a short filmed extract (with Rebecca Ward as Cass and Alex Dowding as Mathew) here. 

ON BOWER HILL

What does it mean to be a "real man"?

It’s Moss’s birthday, he’s twenty, and his friends are meeting up with bottles of cheap cider to celebrate on Bower Hill. He can’t be there though, he’s several thousand miles away – trapped in the middle of a war zone fighting in a war he neither understands nor cares about. Jas his girlfriend is scared, she senses he's in danger - she doesn't know how she just does. As the drink flows between them, loyalties are tested, violence is in the air and even though Moss is far away it almost seems he’s there with them on the hill

 

A half-hour extract from the play was performed at the egg Theatre in Bath in 2018 as part of a new writing festival. It was directed by Stephanie Kempson and featured: Sophie Cull, Samuel De La Torre, Rory Potts and Emily Rumble.

SUMMERLAND

Twenty-somethings Stacey and Ben have their own little rental flat and they have each other. Surely that's all they need to be happy? The problem is life doesn't work like that. When Ben loses his job, they can't pay the rent and are facing eviction. Stacey has a plan that will allow them to stay. But Ben thinks her plan is crazy.  Will it work or is the adult world with all its responsibilities and unfairness about to destroy their life together?

SUMMERLAND is a 60min one-act play about growing up and living with mental health issues while at the same time trying to survive the ferocious rental housing market. 

MOONFLOWER

Lizzie has organised a surprise party for her parent’s anniversary, but is it really something to celebrate? Her mother Susan doesn't seem to think so. 

MOONFLOWER is about a family who for years have hidden, denied and suppressed what has been happening behind its closed doors, but who are now finally facing up to the truth. 

This one-act play had a reading at The Park Theatre in London in Nov 19 to an invited audience, with Michelle Collins as the mother Susan, her daughter Maia as Lizzie and direction by Charlotte Peters. 

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