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Play On Words

    by Tom Crawshaw


     

Winner - Cameron Mackintosh Award for New Writing, 2007
Nominated - Best Comedy and Best Production by a Young Company
Buxton Fringe, 2006

Synopsis

'Play On Words' - a play by Tom CrawshawFollowing multiple awards, nominations, and sell-out runs around the world, the quick-witted, pun-dimensional tragi-comedy is now available for production.

'Play On Words' is a moving tale of friendship, a knock-about farce of quick-witted punning and a surreal blend of theatre and reality - all mixed into one truly unique theatrical battle between Stoppardian wit and Beckettian Calamity.

The story follows Fred and Eddie, two unwitting halves of a comic double-act, whose day at the office is interrupted by mysterious disembodied voices from behind the walls and the discovery of a familiar carved sharpener. Their day of crossword solutions soon becomes a race against time to save their long-lost friend Jen, facing cross words, theatrical tricks and a briefcase full of dried fruit.

As we follow their history through flashbacks, the line between playful puns and painful misunderstanding; comedy and tragedy; stage and audience starts to blur. The eventual search for the truth holds some shocking revelations and the ultimate test to Fred and Eddie’s relationship, amid rebellious technology, audience participation and scene-stealing from a theatre technician who thinks he’s seen the light.

'Play On Words' has been performed across the world, including London’s West End, Austin Texas and two sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe. Along the way it has picked up a bumper crop of superlative reviews and the Cameron Mackintosh Award for New Writing in 2007


Duration

60 mins approx

Characters

(3m, 1f)

Principals
  Eddie McGervic
  Fred Jefferson
  Jen
 
Support
  Jonnie - a theatre technician, always speaks from the Lighting Box
  Reporter/Claire/Doctor - are played by the actress playing Jen
  Plant - a plant in the audience (non-speaking)

     

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