Page extent: 104
ISBN: 9781840021042
Binding: PaperBack


Richard Bean

PaperBack (15 Feb 1999)

Seven men come together to bake enough bread to feed the population of Hull. It’s just another Sunday. Nellie's so worn down from a lifetime making dough, he loses his vest in the mix. First, Owen Man's on a promise. The ovens are cranked up and running, and the wholemeal's pleasingly big going in. But there's a spanner in the works which threatens bread production in Hull for good, and life as they know it for the men on the shift.

Toast is Bean’s second play, first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in February 1999.

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ISBN13 9781840021042
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 104


‘The play’s mixture of robust humour and sudden moments of tense drama proves constantly compelling’ Telegraph

‘Impressive… Bean has gone on to write bigger plays… But he has written few better than this’ Guardian

‘Bean peppers everything with humour and tenderness, bile and self-awareness… A great British bake-off indeed’ Times

‘[Bean’s] breakthrough 1999 play Toast is, er, icing on the cake… a fine piece of work: a tender, ambivalent portrait of working class men raging against the dying light’Time Out

‘Bean’s now familiar gallows humour’ Evening Standard

 ‘Bean’s play is grounded by lots of detail… lending it real authenticity.  It’s a beautifully poignant portrait of working life in the long tradition of Royal Court workplace… and deserves its high status’ Stage

‘Overall this is a thoroughly enjoyable two hours of theatre that takes us back to the roots of Bean’s work and makes this eccentric dark comedy feel fresh and lively’ A Younger Theatre

‘The funniest playwright currently writing… superbly observed characters, a proper plot and a humour that is Yorkshire bred’ Jewish Chronicle

‘His portrait of life on a Sunday night shift has an authenticity that offsets the occasional contrivance’ Sunday Express