People, Places & Things | HeadlongGreat play, moving yet eye opening, some fantastic scene changes with lots if moments for abstract and naturalist theatre. A great read for a a level or university student or teacher. Great read!! Library Search. Log in. Duncan Macmillan.
People, Places and Things by Duncan McMillan (scene)
Duncan Macmillan (playwright)
Denise Gough is stunning in this powerful new play about addiction and reality from '' scribe Duncan MacMillan. It is undeniably pretty funny. Yet, for all the initial, broad black comedy and the flourishes lobbed in by director Jeremy Herrin — multiple Emmas erupting out of the walls, floor and furniture as the cold turkey bites — Gough gives a masterclass in nuance and subtlety. Emma is a self-invented woman trying desperately to be normal, to be honest. She has lost all touch with herself, self-medicating through booze, drugs and pretending to be other people. It is a titanic performance in a slightly flawed play. But of course the play is all about Emma, who is at the heart of every scene.
Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. She needs to tell the truth. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up? Thrilling, electric, searing… The rumors are true. A hardcore high-wire act.
Duncan Macmillan is an English playwright and director. Many of Macmillan's major plays take as their central theme a contemporary socio-political issue: Lungs explores parenthood, People, Places and Things addiction and recovery, and Every Brilliant Thing considers the issue of suicidality. The play is a harrowing look at drug and alcohol addiction and recovery. Its writing was prompted by Macmillan's desire to write a leading part for an actress: he has said he "wrote this play believing very strongly that there were a lot of brilliant actresses who just weren't getting parts that would push them and that they could excel in. Every Brilliant Thing was produced by Paines Plough and Pentabus, enjoyed sold-out runs at three consecutive Edinburgh Festivals and continues to tour worldwide. It is an interactive monologue, performed with audience participation.
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