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Playing the Games

Playing the Games

Adam Brace, Serge Cartwright

Oberon Books

“Funny and touching… Brace is a skillful writer” —Evening Standard on Taking Part

“Consistently funny, emotionally on the button and probably deserves a further life even though it provides a neat snapshot of this mad, adrenalin-filled [Olympic] month.” —Telegraph on After the Party

Playing the Games is a duo of plays focusing on the London 2012 Olympics, it includes:

Taking Part by Adam Brace

Lucky Henry, a Congolese security guard, has set his sights on representing his country at the 2012 Olympics. Only one problem; he’s a terrible swimmer and his Russian coach wants to fly home on the first day of training. Everyone loves an underdog—think Eddie the Eagle or Eric the Eel. Follow Henry’s journey from deep end straggler to Olympic hopeful as the two men try to fulfil their dreams at the London games.

After The Party by Serge Cartwright

Sean and Ray are best friends from Stratford. Once a promising DJ double act, now they’re stuck in a rut: 30ish, unemployed but still clinging to a fantasy of making it in the music industry. With a baby on the way and the world about to arrive on their doorstep for London 2012, it could be the perfect opportunity for them to make something of their lives…

Adam Brace is a writer and director. His first full-length play Stovepipe transferred to London in collaboration with the National Theatre and the Bush. Shorter plays include A Real Humane Person Who Cares and All That and Midnight Your Time.

Serge Cartwright is a journalist and a playwright. His Moscow Live was shortlisted for the prestigious John Whiting Award. His latest play, The Matter in Hand, was long-listed for the Bruntwood Prize, Britain’s biggest award for playwriting.


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