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Torben Betts is an award-winning English playwright. His play The Unconquered won Best New Play 2007 Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland and A Listening Heaven was nominated for Best New Play at the 2001 TMA Awards. He has written numerous plays, many of which have been performed internationally and are published by Oberon Books. He was writer-in-residence at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 1999 and recent commissions by Alan Ayckbourn have been The Optimist, Her Slightest Touch and The Swing of Things.

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Muswell Hill
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Muswell Hill

Torben Betts
One night in January 2010 an earthquake in Haiti leaves around a hundred thousand people dead and almost two million homeless. Meanwhile, somewhere in a leafy North London suburb, a group of six individuals convene over avocado and prawns, followed by a monkfish stew. They struggle with worries over their mortgages, their mobile phone tariffs, their Facebook friends, their careers, their love lives, their diets, their alcohol intake, their holiday plans and whether or not any of them will be able to make any lasting impression on history.

Just about the most original and extraordinary writer of drama we have...a boldly visionary poet... a political Beckett... a flamingly original writer we ignore at our peril. - Liz Lochhead,  National Poet Of Scotland  

Cast : 3M, 3F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-137-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
The National Joke
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The National Joke

Torben Betts

Will the Prime Minister give Rupert the political prize he’s been hoping for? How much more can Olivia take of her mother Mary and her withering put-downs? Will Charlie get off her phone for long enough to listen to anyone, let alone her boyfriend?

Home truths emerge and a reputation could tumble as Rupert St John-Green MP and three generations of women gather in the family garden to watch a total solar eclipse.

A searingly funny contemporary look at one family and at Britain today.

Cast : 3F, 2M
Oberon Books Ltd, UK | 978-1-78319-826-9 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
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Torben Betts
May 2015: The most important General Election for a generation. All is not well for Tom Savage, an ex-Labour minister parachuted into a safe North East constituency, trying to win hearts and minds as well as an Election. Wrestling with a heady cocktail of mid-life crisis, growing dependency on alcohol and the consequences of his Government’s policies in Iraq, Tom finds himself in a Tyneside hotel bar at midnight with a newly teetotal barman and a ‘criminally attractive’ woman. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty…
Cast : 1F, 2M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-497-1 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB