If you can't trust your memory what can you trust?
Martin has a problem - he can’t make new memories since he went to the dentist ten years ago. He's a cabbie with the Knowledge, but he can't remember yesterday. It’s not only strange and upsetting for him, his wife has the unenviable task of explaining what’s wrong with him every single day - and the strain is beginning to show.
A production by Mixed Up Theatre of this single-hander was performed in London in 2018 at the Hen & Chickens in Islington (as part of the Camden Fringe) and also in Theatre N16.
In 2021, a further production (with the same team) performed it at The Space (London) and then took it on a mini-tour to Manchester (53Two Theatre) and Bristol (The Alma Theatre).
★★★★★ "Outstanding... a must see!" North West End
★★★★★ "an absolute treat" London Theatre 1
★★★★ "a masterwork of understated wit and humanity" Everything Theatre
★★★★ "thought-provoking and human" The_Upcoming
You can find out more about the play here.
Tom and Kate have a large square box sitting in the middle of their living room. What’s in it and why does it matter to them?
THE BOX is an emotionally raw and visceral two hander about a couple struggling to move on with their lives after the death of their young son, and finally having to face up to the guilt they share over what happened to him.
It was performed in Bath in 2018 at the egg Theatre (part of Theatre Royal Bath) as part of a new writing festival. With Alice Grace and Tom Turner (pictured) and directed by Jenny Davies.
KING OF THE WORLD
What happens when the man who has everything is still not satisfied?
In a kingdom ruthlessly ruled over by a paranoid King, one of his lowliest subjects has had enough of his madness. Can he survive defying the King, especially when he can't even trust the loyalty of his best friend?
KING OF THE WORLD is a dark comedy that looks at the ramifications of "strong man" leaders on ordinary people within a society.
It was performed at the Liverpool Fringe in June 2018 and the Greater Manchester Fringe in August 2018. Starring Keith Hyland, Pea Lee and Sean McGlynn. Dir Emma Bird.
It was nominated for: Best Actor, Best Director, Best New Writing and Best Overall Production at the Liverpool Fringe Awards 2018. You can find out more about the play here.
WELCOME TO PARADISE ROAD
In a society where nothing is private and no one knows who to trust, a woman’s partner has disappeared. She is visiting her neighbour, head of the local Neighbourhood Watch, to find out if she’s heard anything about his disappearance. Will her neighbour help her or is she the person she should be most afraid of?
WELCOME TO PARADISE ROAD is a 60min play about creeping state control and the dangers of our surveillance society. It was first performed in Apr 2016 at the Page to Stage Theatre Festival in Liverpool. It won several awards at the festival including Best Script (Brian Coyle), Best Director (Emma Bird) and Best Female Actor (Emily Heyworth). The same company performed the play in Jul 16 at the Greater Manchester Fringe.
You can find out more about the play here.
THE SPARE ROOM - Infertility is a harrowing experience for those involved. And going down the treatment route can be a rollercoaster ride. For some couples it's worth it and a happy ending is achieved, but what happens to those couples where it doesn’t work? There was a rehearsed reading of this play at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, London (Dir Maddy Moore). And later it was adapted as a two-part audio drama BABYWALL by Tempest Productions.
MOONFLOWER - A family party doesn’t go to plan, and in its aftermath a mother and daughter are finally able to face up to the dark secrets that have blighted their lives for years. There was a reading to invited guests of this play at The Park Theatre, London with Michelle Collins and Maya Collins reading and direction from Charlotte Peters.
PURE - Set in the near future, as yet another potentially deadly virus spreads around the world, a young woman is one of a small number who seem to be immune to infection. So why have the authorities locked her up in a secure medical facility? Is she really a danger to the public or could she and others like her be our last hope?
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?
In the (mostly) early years of Brian's career, he wrote numerous short plays that were staged in various new writing productions, including: Mimosa, Theatre Royal Bath (Dir Julia Head); The Proposition, Lost Theatre, London (Dir John Mitton); Whisper, Etcetera Theatre, London (Dir Laura Attridge); Rachel Says, Rondo Theatre, Bath (Dir Shane Morgan); Panties, Tristan Bates, London (Dir Maddy Moore); Janet and John Go Shopping, Waterloo East Theatre, London (Dir Gwen Hanauer); The Magic Apple Tree, Rondo Theatre, Bath (Dir Shane Morgan) Parklife, Bierkeller, Bristol (Dir Tess Henderson).