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The Well and Badly Loved

The Well and Badly Loved

A Queer Trilogy

Ben Webb

Oberon Books

This collection of short plays is a passionate response to the effect of Clause 28 on the artistic and social language of a generation. The plays dance between intimate details and the big, historical picture, telling the story of a love affair from three different angles. Each piece is formally inventive & draws on a rich history of gay and queer theatre practice, whilst innovatively pushing the form forward.

This collection includes:

So Little of You Left – This begins as a traditional poetry reading and rapidly disintegrates into physical theatre, combining poetry, children’s games, physical risk & bold imagery to tell the story of a love affair from start to finish. So Little details the marks that love leaves on our bodies.


His Spread Legs – One year later. Tom, alone in his flat in the early hours, begins to speak. A haunting and heartbreaking monologue, inspired by the biblical Song of Songs, excavating the relationship between love, language and identity.


The Actor Has Told of His Pain – In this final installment, the two lovers from So Little meet again and a third character – another ex – helps to give shape to the stories they have been telling each other. A three-act play with a queer twist, about the act of leaving and being left, and coming to terms with the end of the world.


Ben Webb writes formally playful, poetic works of art for assorted audiences. Plays include Go Now, So Little of you Left, His Spread Legs and The Actor Has Told of His Pain. Films include Our Life Together, Envoi and The Present Day. A trilogy of Ben’s plays is published by Oberon Books as The Well & Badly Loved. Ben’s plays have been performed throughout the UK, and in France and Mexico.


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