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Run (NHB Modern Plays)

65 pagine
33 minuti
Mar 9, 2017


Yonni is a seventeen-year-old gay Jewish kid. It’s the last day of term and he’s avoiding everything. The only person he wants to be around, think about, be about... is Adam.

And as his night unfolds and falls into chaos – some of it real, some of it not – Yonni pulls us into his world. A world filled with school riots, first loves, beached whales, political demonstrations, sunshine, cinema, sex and rebellion.

Set over one unforgettable summer and encompassing all of space and time, Run explores what it means to love, to lose and how to grow from a boy into a man. First produced at VAULT Festival 2016, the play transferred to The Bunker in March 2017, after a national tour.

'A quietly extraordinary piece of work ... artful, honest and deeply romantic, whilst still being devastating in its meditations on modern anti-Semitism' - Exeunt Magazine

'A masterful tale of growing up, falling in love, and loss in a time of turmoil... an intoxicating sprint from start to finish' - Grumpy Gay Critic

Mar 9, 2017

Informazioni sull'autore

Stephen Laughton has worked with Headlong Theatre as part of their Headstart writers' programme. In January 2015, his play, Nine, was part of the PlayWROUGHT#3 Festival at the Arcola Theatre. Stephen has been involved with various theatres in the UK – he is an alumnus of the Royal Court's Invitational Writers' Group, the Skylines programme at Hampstead Theatre, and he was part of a series of development workshops with the Young Vic Theatre and SoundBites. His first play, Marina Abramovic is Staring at Me, opened Terra Firma Theatre's 2011–12 Boxcar Reading Series at the Railroad Playhouse in Newburgh, New York, before moving on to the Cell Theatre in Manhattan. His work for television includes Forward (Blacklisted Films) and Black Hill (Lime Pictures). For film, he is working on a script for emerging director Ryan Andrew's second feature film, The Lake. Stephen's short drama for young audiences, Merry New Year, was broadcast as part of a collaboration between Hampstead and the Roundhouse Theatres.

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Run was produced by iN BLOOM and first performed at VAULT Festival, London, on 10 February 2016. After a national tour, the play transferred to The Bunker, London, in 2017. The cast was as follows:

‘Remember the Sabbath day, keep it holy’

Exodus, 20


YONNI, seventeen

This ebook was created before the end of rehearsals and so may differ slightly from the play as performed.

It’s chaos in the kitchen.

Yelling. Clatter… shit boiling over.



A dog barking. We don’t even have a dog.

Like it’s brown.

About yay big.


Keeps looking at me.

I’m worried it’s hungry.

But it’s mainly jumping around my little brother Jesse, who’s grinning like a moron and mirroring the stupid thing.

And it’s the happiest I’ve seen him in months.

Which I guess is good.

And Devorah, my mother, pipes up from her prep every now and then.

Kinda absently telling them to shut up.

I lean down, rub the dog’s head, kind of warily.

Devorah proffers a hi love, asks about the day

There’s something too kind in her smile…

And the dog stares back.

With that look…

Head to one side… cocked…

It looks cute but basically means I wanna eat ya.

We’re not allowed pets cos of my allergies apparently, and I can’t imagine a world where Devorah would even allow it in her kitchen. I’m not sure it’s kosher enough.

And it’s adding to this sense of chaos and because tensions already feel high today, and I’ve got this slow creeping anxiety tightening across my chest, I’m mainly too scared to ask why it’s here…

Jesse’s having fun though.

Which from an IQ standpoint makes sense. And it’s nice the way my little bro seriously just found himself a soulmate. He’s making some kind of Scooby Dooby ‘yes he is’ kind of noise at it. And basically looks a bit ‘smesh’.

It’s Friday.


About 4 p.m.

The weekly pre-Shabbat panic is officially in full swing. Devorah is frantically cracking individual eggs into a small clear glass. She holds it up to the light.Scans to the right, spins to the left. Lowers the glass to see it from above and then lifts back up to check below.

Satisfied with her inspection she tips the egg into her left hand.

And oozes the yolk back to her right.

Then left.

To her right.

And back…

The white of the egg drip-dripping into the bowl below.

She cracks and repeats.

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