The Grandest Canyon

The rain was early; the train was late. Across the tracks, she shouted. - ‘It’s like looking in the Grand Canyon.’ - ‘What?’ he said. - ‘You! It’s like looking into the Grand Canyon.’ The fast train was approaching. - ‘What can you see?’ he said. - ‘Space . . . lots of pretty space.’…

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Vowels in Drains

- ‘A great writer should always respect their pen over their wine,’ said the Writer. - ‘Then why don't you write that down?’ spat the Other Writer. They stared at the wine. - ‘You know,' he slurred, ‘listening to you is like vowels in a drain waiting for rain.’ - ‘That's it!’ Both went for…

Visions of the Dark

Characters JOHANNA - Sixteen LAUREN - Twenties Setting  A motel room. A hot night.  ‘Not Dark Yet’ by Bob Dylan is playing as the lights come up. JOHANNA is laying forward on the bed playing cards. She has a bandage around her leg. LAUREN is packing things into her backpack. A knife in a sheath…

The Writers

I wrote this short story in the Ye Olde Mitre Tavern in London over the Winter of 2016. The story follows a dual narrative about two writers struggling to write in this pub. The present writer of 2016 and the other writer of 1837. Built in 1546 for the servants of the Bishops of Ely…

The Death of Darren Dawkins

  Characters DREW - Sixteen years old. Somewhere between hipster and fashionable. MICK - Late forties. Wannabe/faded crook. Cheap leather jacket and jeans. Setting DREW and MICK in front of a tombstone. MICK is holding a sports bag. He drops it. MICK : Now! There it is. Your old man’s grave. Infamous, Darren, Ben-e-dict Dawkins.…

Hamlet Hung

The distressed actor had forgotten his lines. With words abandoned he stood silent before the stalls; Hamlet slipped from his heels. He returned to his dressing room mirror. - ‘Where are you? . . . Where are you ghost, you traveler?’ He breathed on the mirror until he disappeared and the soft prince spoke. -…

Learning to Fly

This version of the play was first performed at The Bread and Roses Theatre in London on 1st November 2015. Directed by Laura Jasper with Shala Nyx and Lydia Lane. Characters AMIRA - Girl of about seventeen. SHAZNAY - Girl of about sixteen. Setting It is night. On the edge of London Bridge. It is…

The Cracked Clown

Joseph Grimaldi was London’s first clown. On the eve of his death in 1837 he sat forgotten in a dimly lit tavern. - ‘Woss’ rong, Mister?’ said the young boy collecting the glasses. ‘Youse looks like the saddest man I ever did see.’ - ‘I was the man that once made London laugh.’ - ‘Bill…

#MA$K$

Characters 🙂 ☹️ A full stop represents a beat. A face with no dialogue represents a significant pause. From the darkness grows the sound of rain. Silence. Then . . .   🙂 : Another morning. . . . . ☹️ : Sounds like rain. 🙂 : You see me? ☹️ : Smells like petrol.…

Breaking Horses

The dawn was five hours and thirty three minutes away when Alice clenched her young fist and banged on the barn door. - ‘Brogan, you in there? I know you never leave.’ - ‘Who is it?’ snarled the old farmer Billy Brogan, perched in his barn like a cracked gargoyle in boots and overalls. -…

Robots in Rain

They had lost their phones before the storm. Both slipped from pocket and bag and laid bare on London grass like robots in rain. - ‘Do you think they’ll return?’ asked Samsung. - ‘No,’ said Apple. - ‘Why?’ - ‘Because we’re old.’ - ‘My battery is fading,’ said Samsung. - ‘We all run out,’ said…