ROAD & RAIL
ROAD & RAIL
A one-act pocket play by Rebecca Sharp, with illustrations by John Johnstone.
A6 booklet - available singly (£5) and in bundles of 3 (£12).
Off-white card covers with blue end-papers, b/w text + illustrations.
Three siblings meet on a bridge.
A very short play about the grace and dexterity of memory, identity, and everything in between.
“Rebecca Sharp’s miniature elegy channels the melancholy spirit of Ivor Cutler to navigate its way through the ups and downs of family matters, and the hand-me-down rituals that mark them. A funny, tender and ultimately triumphal rollercoaster of everyday purging, Road & Rail is anything but pedestrian.” – Neil Cooper, Writer and Critic, Edinburgh, May 2022
Also available in wrapped bundles of 3 books (the play has 3 characters) to read with friends!
‘Closet plays’ are written to be read and not necessarily staged. Historically, this was often due to social and economic restrictions, or concerns about censorship. Some of these plays would go on to have a life on stage, though that wasn’t always the intention. As playwright Caridad Svich observes, closet plays allow dramatists and poets some flexibility “to write exclusively for the page as a stage, rather than for the stage in hope of a stage.” A writer might explore abstract, elaborate or unfeasible staging devices; or conversely, a pared-down simplicity. Read solely by the individual or informally in groups, closet plays offer an alternative, intimate engagement with all kinds of dramatic text.
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