Page extent: 88
ISBN: 9781783199099
Binding: PaperBack

People, Places and Things

Duncan Macmillan

PaperBack (31 Aug 2015)
Emma was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma, it’s with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she’s smart enough to know that there’s no such thing. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up? People, Places and Things is the latest collaboration between Headlong and the National, following the acclaimed Earthquakes in London and The Effect.

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ISBN13 9781783199099
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 88


'Duncan Macmillan is not the first dramatist to tackle addiction. What gives his new play exceptional vibrancy, though, is its decision to draw parallels between rehab and theatrical process, and to present the action from the addict’s point of view...a vivid tale' The Guardian

'Generous-spirited, with a strong streak of irreverent, darkly humane humour, the play...has a thoughtful, shifting ambivalence that suits a problem where the solutions can only ever be provisional and the amends inadequate.' The Independent

'Besides being a portrait of addiction and recovery, it’s perceptive about trauma and its consequences, as well as the roles so many of us adopt in order to deflect the truth.' The Evening Standard 

'This is a diligent portrait of addiction, shown from within and without.' What's On Stage

'Macmillan doesn’t shy away from difficult questions about addiction and recovery and, rightly, doesn’t answer them. Is Emma messed up because of her past, the state of the world or the purposelessness of life? Or is she self-absorbed, self-pitying and deceitful? Is the spiritual aspect to Alcoholics Anonymous problematic? And, if it works, does that matter? He is plain about the hard grind of recovery, for everyone involved. And he touches on broader questions about the pros and cons of role-play — in theatre, in therapy and in life...this is a bold, timely and searching play.' Financial Times

'This is a world of addictions, trauma and tears. But this is too smart a play to be working just on that level. This is a play about identity, about our place in the world and our struggles to come to terms with the sheer scale of our mortality, and questions the point of a life of sobriety when even our existence has so little purpose...a stunning piece of theatre.' The Huffington Post

‘The self-destructive spiral of abuse has fuelled infinite plays and films, yet People, Places and Things is distinguished by its central question about what any of us chooses to find real, and how that choice either benefits or destroys those around us.’ Time Out

‘The writing is exquisitely painful. At times it feels like Macmillan has taken one of those little spoons, the ones with the serrated edge, for grapefruit, and scooped something out of you.’ The Stage ★★★★★