Double Feature: Two


ISBN: 9781848422209
Author: By Prasanna Puwanarajah, Tom Basden
Publication Date: 21/07/2011
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 120pp.
Availability: Available

SKU: BK1580 Categories: , , Tags: ,

Double Feature brings together – in two volumes of paired short plays – four of the most exciting new voices in UK theatre, in their first commissions for the National Theatre.

This volume, Double Feature: Two, contains:

Nightwatchman by Prasanna Puwanarajah

A British Sri Lankan cricketer prepares for the innings of her life for England against Sri Lanka at Lord’s. Facing a relentless bowling machine she challenges our preconceptions of politics, sport and national pride as harshly as she challenges her own.

There is a War by Tom Basden

A miniature epic that explores the mad savagery of war with biting black comedy, and takes us into the dark heart of a strange and surreal conflict.

As soldiers, priests and scavengers roam a battle-scorched landscape, a young medical officer finds herself abandoned and useless, unable to locate the hospital or even the war she was promised.

The plays premiered in a specially converted space at the National Theatre in July 2011. They were performed alongside Edgar & Annabel by Sam Holcroft and The Swan by DC Moore, published in the companion volume Double Feature: One.

‘Sharp, funny and fizzing with invention’
The Times

‘Marvellously incisive’

‘A sharp satire with an irresistibly silly strain’
Financial Times

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