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Louise Monaghan

Nick Hern Books

Winner: Papatango New Writing Competition, 2012

“A really gripping piece of fraught, emotional drama.” - Exeunt Magazine

“Knocks spots off much of the new writing I have seen this year.” - The Guardian

A raw, uncompromising drama about bigotry and racism that explores the insidious rise of the British National Party.

As a BNP rally gathers momentum on the streets outside, four women meet to play bridge. Struggling to find common ground, they talk about the men they married, their gifted and delinquent children and what their own heritage means. But beliefs and loyalties are tested to the limit when Stephie's fourteen year old son, Jack, is implicated in a brutal racist attack that leaves an eleven year old Pakistani boy close to death.

Playwright Louise Monaghan was the winner of a Bruntwood Prize Judges' Award 2011 for Shadow Play. Her first radio drama Alone in the Garden with You, produced and directed by Jessica Dromgoole, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 earlier this year. Her other plays include Beautiful – nominated by Out Of Joint Theatre Company for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2009, and Aurora which was a finalist for both the London Festival New Writing Award and Little Brother's Big Opportunity competition 2010.


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