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LUKE BARNES is a northern-born emerging playwright, both a unique and exciting wordsmith. His first play Chapel Street was selected as one of the top 5 new plays off the West End in 2011 by The Stage and he was shortlisted for an OffWestEnd.com award for most promising playwright.

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
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All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

Luke Barnes
 

Meet Leah and Chris; raised on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief that one day they would be as ‘special’ as their parents promised. But what happens when those dreams don’t become reality?

Follow Leah and Chris over these twenty years as they realise the future they were promised as children hasn’t turned out as they hoped, against the backdrop of an asteroid heading for earth.

Told through performance and live music on multiple stages, with support from a different Humber Street Sesh band every night, this is Welly like you’ve never seen it before.

Review

'Brilliantly punchy and poetic... a rousing and invigorating call to arms that speaks directly to anyone trying to find their place in the world.' WhatsOnStage (5 stars)

Cast : 3F, 6M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78682-248-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Bottleneck
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Bottleneck

Luke Barnes
 

Am I a virgin? I think I am. I mean it went in her but it was floppy and it wasn’t very nice so I think I am a virgin. I’m going to say I am. Will look better on me uni applications.

Liverpool, 1989. Greg is thirteen. He has just started secondary school. He earns pocket money sweeping up hair in a barbers. Girls are aliens. Liverpool FC are everything.

Edinburgh, 2012. Greg has an extraordinary story to tell you. B ottleneck is a vibrant coming - of - age story about becoming a man through adventures both big and small. It is about a notorious city, Liverpool; how the outside worlds views it, and how it views the outside world. 


Also by Luke Barnes, available through Currency Press:

 


Cast : 1M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-437-9 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Chapel Street
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Chapel Street

Luke Barnes
 

You know sometimes when you’re drinking, you feel a bit ill and you dread every swig, but you do it anyway because you want to get drunk?

 

He’s been let down, belittled and ignored but tonight none of that matters— it’s Friday and Joe is getting smashed. Kirsty has bought some vodka on the way home from school and is hastily shaving her legs with her friend's dad’s razor. As bottles are drained and the sun sets the two hit the town, neither aware that soon their lives will irreconcilably collide.   Chapel Street is a rowdy, relentless two-hander about modern life and love on the dole. It is an acerbic yet compassionate portrait of good times gone bad for a betrayed generation.



Cast : 1M, 1F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-426-3 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Eisteddfod
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Eisteddfod

Luke Barnes
 

We value truth in this family. Carpe Diem. Seize the day. We’re all just food for worms. So tell them you love them. Have fun, mount a donkey, whatever, just feel alive.

Charades is fun, right, with those people, yes, your family, the ones you try to get away from at Christmas. For the Pilgrims though it’s not simply a family affair, this is more than a game, this… is an Eisteddfod.

This bawdy new play from acclaimed young playwright Luke Barnes, is inspired by Suffolk folk lore and explores the idea of family and identity, stories and how they are told.


Also by Luke Barnes, available through Currency Press:

 

 

 

 

Cast : 2F, 3M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-386-0 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Saints, The
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Saints, The

Luke Barnes
 

Kenny Glynn is the world’s biggest Saints fan and for twenty-five years he has been locked in a game of football against the world. On his 26th birthday the world steps up its game and Kenny Glynn faces the match of his life as he takes on women, money and status with the help of his mates, his family and the guiding spirit of Matt Le Tissier. Can they conquer all the things the world is throwing at them? Will Southampton ever win the FA cup again? And what can we learn from the icons we hold so dearly at the club?

The Saints, written by Luke Barnes and directed by one of British theatre's best directors Matthew Dunster, explores football in Southampton, the history of the club and how it has shaped the people and the city.

Cast : 4F, 18M, doubling possible + chorus
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-155-0 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB