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A: Jim Cartwright Pf: 1986, London Pb: 1986 G: Drama in 2 acts, with pre-show and interval S: Road in a small Lancashire town, 1980s C: 17m, 13fIn the Pre-Show, the theatre bar is converted to a pub, and actors represent drinkers. Then boozy wideboy Scullery takes the audience on a tour of the ‘Road’ (its sign has fallen down, and the rest of the name has been forgotten). In the living rooms of different families and on the road outside we see: Louise arguing with her Brother; Brenda nagging at her daughter Carol, who goes out drinking with Louise; Eddie and Brink going out together; Dor and Lane, two tarty women, on their way to the pub; Molly, a dotty old woman, getting ready to go out; the ‘Professor’, a seedy individual, claiming to be researching the Road; Skin-Lad, violent and mad. When Scullery tries to enter a derelict house, Bald drives him away; Jerry lives in his RAF past; Joey is depressed after losing his job, and Clare comforts him with sex, but they both end up feeling desperate. In the Interval there is a disco in the auditorium and a pub in the bar. After the pubs close, most of the characters, some seen for the first time, are drunk, and many eat a chip supper. Carol, Louise, Brink, and Eddie have a party, where they finally all join in a chorus: ‘Somehow a somehow a somehow – might escape!’

A: Jim Cartwright Pf: 1986, London Pb: 1986 G: Drama in 2 acts, with pre-show and interval S: Road in a small Lancashire town, 1980s C: 17m, 13f

Road, much beloved of amateur groups for its wide range of roles and opportunities for improvisation around the text, presents a series of loosely arranged vignettes of one evening in a deprived Lancashire town. Its lyrical use of slang, blatantly sexual behaviour, and constant threat of violence, suggests a northern version of Berkoff's East.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights).


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