“Compassionate, observant, and, as a bonus, shot through with humour” —Sunday Express
“Block's finest achievement is to show how ridiculous these men are without belittling them or destroying your sympathy for them” —Financial Times
A razor-sharp comedy about three cabbies competing in a local table tennis league.
Once a week, three cabbies seek respite from their lives in a local table tennis league, and tonight they must win—or face the unthinkable oblivion of relegation.
Deeper rivalries and competitive obsessions emerge as the team try to survive the pressure, but the real game takes place anywhere but at the table.
Not a Game for Boys was originally performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1995. It was revived at the King’s Head Theatre, London, in 2015.
Simon Block is a playwright and screenwriter. His work for theatre includes: Not a Game for Boys (Royal Court); Chimps, Hand in Hand and Everything is Illuminated (Hampstead Theatre); A Place at the Table (Bush Theatre); and 1/25th of the National Theatre Chain Play (National Theatre). His work for television includes: North Square (Channel 4); Trust (BBC1); The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall (Channel 4); Casualty 1909 (BBC1); The Eichmann Show (BBC 2); Home Fires (ITV). Work for radio includes: Breathe In Breathe Out and The Pool (BBC Radio 4).