Page extent: 200
ISBN: 9781786822178
Binding: PaperBack

Making Mischief: Two Radical New Plays

The Earthworks by Tom Morton-Smith, Myth by Matt Hartley and Kirsty Housley

Tom Morton-Smith, Matt Hartley, Kirsty Housley

PaperBack (24 May 2017)

The Making Mischief Festival features work from some of today’s most exciting playwrights who are challenging and questioning our society. The Festival runs from 24 May to 17 June from The Other Place Studio Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.

THE EARTHWORKS: “The universe doesn’t care if we know how it works.”

On the eve of the activation of the Large Hadron Collider, two strangers – a journalist and a scientist – share their experiences of loss and hope in a funny but deeply touching one-act play.

MYTH:“I can only see wrong choices. Things that will make everything worse.”

In one wine-fuelled evening, two couples debate their materialistic lifestyle. As their dinner party descends into chaos, their friendship and their lives are irreparably changed. A play about those things we don’t want to see or say.

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ISBN13 9781786822178
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 200


'Every year at about this time, the RSC gets mischievous. Under its forward-thinking, bright spark deputy artistic director Erica Whyman, the Other Place becomes the engine room for a festival of stimulating new writing. It’s refreshing to see the country’s most august theatre company so loose-limbed and limber and the extra good news is that this year offers the brightest work so far... [Earthworks] is small-scale and delicate, sensitively directed by Whyman, about a late-night encounter between a journalist and a scientist in a Geneva hotel on the eve of the activation of the Large Hadron Collider. All the grandest ideas in the world are about come into play there, but Morton-Smith reminds us that it’s the most intimate human connections that have the greatest impact... The real explosion happens after the interval in Myth by Matt Hartley and Kirsty Housley, spicily directed by Housley. At first it’s a witty addition to the genre of dinner party angst, a middle class comedy of manners and money, as two estranged friends consider divergent life choices... It ends and then, suddenly, meta-theatrically, starts all over again – but things are not going to go so smoothly this time. A provocative examination of the uncomfortable truths we choose to block out.' Evening Standard ★★★★

'The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Spring Mischief festival is aptly named: the two short plays which make up the bulk of the festival of new writing initially seem like conventional domestic comedies, but belie more playful, complex ideas, teasing out themes of human comprehension and responsibility in the face of loss and disaster... A double bill of mischievously deceptive plays.' The Stage