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JACK THORNE is an award-winning writer for radio, television, film and theatre. His previous plays include Bunny (Underbelly, Fringe First Award 2010) and a version of Düerrenmatt’s The Physicists (Donmar Warehouse). His work for television includes cultural phenomenon Skins, and the BAFTA-winning series This is England ’88 and The Fades. On winning the Best British Newcomer Award at the London BFI Film Festival 2009 for The Scouting Book for Boys, he was acclaimed by the jury as ‘a poetic writer with end-of-the-world imagination and a real gift for storytelling.’ 


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2nd May 1997
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2nd May 1997

Jack Thorne
 

2nd May 1997. An historic victory. The Tories, eighteen years in power, are defeated as New Labour sweeps into government. From the euphoria and despair, three deeply personal stories emerge.

Tory MP Robert prepares to attend the count. With defeat looming large, he fears becoming a forgotten man, while his wife Marie counts the cost of her own sacrifice to politics. Lib Dem footsoldier Ian is no hero, but party-crasher Sarah is determined to make him one. Best mates Jake and Will wake up with a new world order to memorise before their A-level Politics class. Jake dreams of Number 10. Will dreams of Jake

A smouldering play about escaping the past, seizing the present and owning the future.

Cast : 4M, 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-080-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Bunny
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Bunny

Jack Thorne
 
Scorching heat. A fight. A car chase. A siege. When her boyfriend is attacked on the street, feisty eighteen-year-old Katie is thrust on a white-knuckle ride through one extraordinary evening. Amidst the baying for blood and the longing for love, Katie is forced to decide her future.

Awards
  • 2010  Fringe First Award, Edinburgh
Review
Thorne’s intoxicating text takes the audience on a journey into uncertainty -    Herald Scotland

Cast : 10M, 6F + 2 girls + extras
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-134-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Burying Your Brother in the Pavement
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Burying Your Brother in the Pavement

Jack Thorne
 

Tom’s brother Luke is dead. This has upset a lot of people but it hasn’t upset Tom. Or, rather, it has upset him, but in ways he can’t explain and other people can't understand. You see, Tom and Luke were never friends. In fact, Tom didn't really like Luke at all.

So it’s an odd decision - to try and bury Luke in the pavement of the Tunstall Estate where he was killed. But to Tom, it sort of makes sense, in a stupid-weird kind of way. As he sleeps out on the pavement, he comes across planning officials, tramps, undertakers, police officers, sisters, mothers, estate agents, ghosts, pavement elephants, sky dragons and a strange lad called Tight who wants to sell him a Travelcard.

Written specifically for young people, Burying Your Brother in the Pavement was part of the 2008 National Theatre Connections Festival and was premiered by youth theatres across the UK.

Cast : 10F, 20M, extras
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-416-6 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ only | PB
Hope
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Hope

Jack Thorne
 

'We live in an age of cuts. We are a working-class town, that's our strength, and in the current climate, our weakness.' 

How do you save twenty-two million pounds? Mark and Hilary, the leaders of the Council, are about to find out.

This urgent political play is a funny and scathing fable attacking the squeeze on local government.


Cast : 5F, 4M
Nick Hern Book, Uk | 978-1-84842-447-  | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Jack Thorne Collected Plays: One
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Jack Thorne Collected Plays: One

Jack Thorne
 
Acclaimed for his screenplays for TV dramas including Skins, Shameless, The Fades, This is England '86/'88/'90 and Glue, Jack Thorne first emerged as a writer of unflinching, compassionate and often challenging plays for the stage. Described as a ‘powerful voice for Britain’s youth’ ( Independent), he remains one of the most distinctive talents working in theatre today.

This collection, with a revealing introduction by the author, covers a period of intense creativity – beginning with When You Cure Me (Bush Theatre, 2005), a painful – and painfully funny – play about being very young and in love, and coping with serious illness at the same time. ‘One of the year’s finest pieces of new writing’ Evening Standard

In the monologue play Stacy (Arcola Theatre, 2007), twenty-something Rob tells the story of a confusing couple of days in which everything in his life seems to have gone wrong. ‘A pin-sharp, brilliant piece of work’ Time Out

2nd May 1997 (Bush Theatre, 2009) distils all the euphoria and despair of New Labour’s landslide electoral victory into three stories told with ‘quiet profundity and verve’ ( Telegraph), while Bunny (Edinburgh Fringe, 2010) is a white-knuckle ride through the streets of contemporary Britain, written for a solo female performer. ‘Terrific’ Scotsman

Red Car, Blue Car is a heartbreaking short play about guilt, grief and responsibility, written for and performed at the Bush in 2011. Finally, Mydidae (Soho Theatre, 2012), a two-hander set entirely in a bathroom, is an electrifyingly intimate account of the darker side of love which hits audiences ‘like a punch in the gut’ ( Whatsonstage.com).
Cast : 3F, 2M; 1M; 2F, 4M; 1F; 1F, 1M;1F,1M
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Let The Right One In
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Let The Right One In

John Ajvide Lindqvist (Adapted by Jack Thorne)
 

Oskar is a bullied lonely teenage boy living with his mother on a housing estate at the edge of town, when a spate of sinister killings rock the neighbourhood. Eli is the young girl who has just moved in next door. She doesn’t go to school and never leaves the flat by day. Sensing in each other a kindred spirit, the two become devoted friends. What Oskar doesn’t know is that Eli has been a teenager for a very long time…

A sold-out smash during its world premiere at the Dundee Repertory Theatre in 2013, Let The Right One In is the must-see new production of the year. Adapted from the cult horror story and film, Let The Right One In is an enchanting, brutal vampire myth and coming-of-age tale.


Cast : 14M; 2F; doubling possible
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-374-9 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ only | PB
Mydidae
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Mydidae

Jack Thorne
 

One bathroom. Two people. A story of intimacy, fragility and the darker side of love. Mydidae opens at a poignant milestone in a young couple’s life, the first anniversary of a shared personal tragedy. David and Marian’s different perspectives of the event and their conflicting views test the relationship and force brutal realities into the forefront of their consciousness.

Jack Thorne’s play is an unflinching examination of a young couple struggling to move on from the death of their infant daughter. Set entirely in their bathroom, it depicts in stark detail the insecurities and idiosyncrasies of modern relationships.


Cast : 1M, 1F
Nick Hern Books UK | 978-1-84842-315-2 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Solid Life of Sugar Water, The
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Solid Life of Sugar Water, The

Jack Thorne
 

'It had been a while. I was really nervous. I mean, it's not really like riding a bike. Sex. It's far more complicated.'

Phil and Alice are in love – familiar, flawed, ordinary love. They are on a journey, but this journey doesn’t have an A to Z.

Jack Thorne's The Solid Life of Sugar Water is an intimate, tender play about loss, hurt and rediscovery.
Cast : 1F, 1M
Nick Hern Book, Uk | 978-1-84842-513-2 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Stacy / Fanny and Faggot
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Stacy / Fanny and Faggot

Two Plays

Jack Thorne
 
Stacy 
The sole protagonist, Rob, finds life confusing in a world of unwritten rules. If there’s no one around to tell him right from wrong, except for a copy of FHM and a call-centre supervisor, he just has to guess. Sometimes he gets his guesses very wrong...

Review
'A pin-sharp, brilliant piece of work.' Time Out, Critics’ Choice

Fanny and Faggot 
Presents two distinct moments in the life of Mary Bell, who was convicted of the murders of two boys—aged four and three—when she was just ten years old.  Jack Thorne’s ambitious and highly theatrical drama presents a distrubing, funny, and troubled world. Using documentation from the court case in 1968 and the imagined events of her escape in 1978, Fanny and Faggot explores Mary’s journey to the brink of horror and her tentative steps back into ‘normal life’.

The two parts, Two Little Boys and Superstar, can be performed together or separately. 

Review
'A darkly gripping achievement, probing the most horrifying extremes of human behaviour with compassion and a rigorous moral and intellectual curiosity.'  The Times



Cast : Stacy - 1M / Fanny & Faggot - 2F (Two Little Boys) ; 2M, 2F (Superstar)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-989-6 | PB
When You Cure Me
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When You Cure Me

Jack Thorne
 
Rachel and Peter are seventeen. They have been going out for six months. It’s love’s young dream. Then Rachel gets ill - seriously ill. She doesn’t want her mum to fuss; she doesn’t want Alice to pretend she’s her best friend; and she certainly doesn’t want Alice’s boyfriend telling bad jokes at her bedside. The only person she wants is Peter, but Peter doesn’t know what it is that he wants, but he thinks he can make her better again. When You Cure Me is a bittersweet and poignant tale of love and misunderstanding — and discovering that what you say and do can be very different from what you think and feel.



Cast : 2M, 3F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-901-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB