Very few playwrights can be identified from a single line of dialogue – debbie tucker green is one of them. This collection of her first six plays, together with a short introduction by the author, shows a dramatic artist in full control of her craft.
born bad (Hampstead Theatre, 2003; winner of the Olivier Award for Best Newcomer) dives headlong into the heart of a conflicted family, unleashing wit, ferocity and verbal dexterity on the way. ‘One of the most assured and extraordinary new voices we’ve heard in a long while. Electrifying’ Independent on Sunday
dirty butterfly (Soho Theatre, 2003) is a mesmerising study of voyeurism, power and guilt. ‘There is a sly, controlled power in this writing… And now I cannot get it out of my head’ Guardian
generations (National Theatre Platform performance, 2005; Young Vic, 2007) follows three generations of a Black South African family comparing cooking skills – but food isn’t the only topic and the family numbers are declining. ‘Devastating… will last you a lifetime’ Guardian
stoning mary (Royal Court Theatre, 2005) confronts the reality of global conflicts, transposing them to the West. ‘The words fly around the theatre piercing the dark like gleaming shards of shrapnel’ The Stage
trade (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2005) shines a light on the world of female sex tourism. ‘Poetry laced with shards of broken glass’ Guardian
random (Royal Court Theatre, 2008) is set over one day, following one family and the effects of one random act of violence. ‘The writing seems to penetrate the very heart of grief’ Telegraph
‘debbie tucker green uses language as deftly as a composer might use notes.’ Financial Times