An urgent play about the senseless killing of a black schoolboy, from one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary British playwriting.
‘Death never used to be for the young.
You get up.
You go bout your business.
You expect to come back.’
debbie tucker green’s play random was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London, in March 2008, directed by Sacha Wares and performed by Nadine Marshall.
A television adaptation for Channel 4, directed by debbie tucker green and starring Nadine Marshall alongside an expanded cast, was first broadcast in August 2011. It went on to win a BAFTA for Best Single Drama.
‘Remarkable… gets right inside the characters, capturing the sudden devastation in their lives, the unbearable sense of loss… the writing seems to penetrate the very heart of grief… whisks the audience from laughter to comfortless sorrow in less than an hour’
‘A poet’s feel for rhythm, a keen ear for urban patois, and the knack of telling a story elliptically, with vivid flecks of detail’
‘debbie tucker green’s writing is so raw and immediate that it can feel as if she’s hacking into your heart with a rusty tin opener’
— Time Out