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Synopsis

Bobby Tops is riding on the crest of a wave, poised to take the crown at the 1978 World Professional Darts Championship. Only now he’s dead. His son Jack seeks his revenge on those he believes are responsible for his father’s downfall – and we’re with him every step of the way as life turns him from adoring son to hard bitten criminal.

Summary

A contemporary verse monologue exploring the terrifying dangers of violence and revenge.

Reviews

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The Stage
“Two Graves by Paul Sellar is a fascinating piece of contemporary verse and proved an excellent vehicle for Eddie Arnold.”
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Paul Vale
What’s On
“The genius of Paul Sellar’s writing is that he turns low life everyday melodrama into the stuff of high Greek tragedy... a stunning monologue”
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Patrick Marmion
Time Out
“This surprising underworld shocker is always going to turn a few heads. Engaging and rewarding.”
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Jonathan Gibbs
Number 2
The Evening Standard
“Gripping... there’s an almost Orestia like magnificence to this revenge cycle… contains the year's most bleakly beautiful lines.”
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Fiona Mountford
Number 1
The Times
“This is raw blunt stuff. And it’s absorbing too.”
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Benedict Nightingale
The Daily Express
“A joy... a blistering script... a virtuoso performance. A bulls eye!”
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Sarah Hemming
The Sunday Express
“Powerful... beautiful... this brave, bold drama holds us spellbound.”
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Mark Shenton
Daily Mail
“A work of rare skill and intense artistry.”
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Quentin Letts
The Telegraph
“Gives rise to humour and dramatic excitement. And it all proves unexpectedly compelling and distinctly Euripidean”
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Charles Spenser
The Independent
“The Arts opens with a theatrical cracker… A rarity… a modern verse drama that works… Jonathan Moore’s performance is astonishing.”
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Paul Taylor
Canvas
“Truly a rare piece of theatre. Intense, challenging and moving, everyone should see this play... Jack is passionately played by Jonathan Moore... he does so brilliantly and is mesmerising for every second of the eighty minute play... with skilful use of rhyme and repetition Paul Sellar has created a piece of modern day prose that is as beautiful and touching as it is honest and uncompromising... 2graves should be held up as an example of what a play should be... one of the best pieces of theatre this year”
Samantha Beattie

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Background

Andy Jordan had been given a copy of my play Worlds End by the actor James Ellis. He discussed the possibility of producing it – and in passing I mentioned that I had long been at work on another idea. A revenge drama in verse set in a criminal underworld. It had an epic feel and a contemporary relevance. Andy liked the sound of it and the play was optioned.

Production History

2Graves grew out of two back to back monologues which were presented at Edinburgh and were work shopped and previewed at Soho Theatre. Ken Bentley directing Andrew Dickens. A few years later I revisited the monologues and they inspired a much larger play – 2Graves - which premiered at Edinburgh 2006 and before transferring to The Arts, Theatre West End later that year. The play was performed by Jonathan Moore, directed by Yvonne McDevitt and featured an original score from Michael Nyman. The play is under option to Mark Sandell of Trinity Films.

Published / Playtext

The play was first published by Oberon Books Ltd in 2006.

Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd (7 Nov 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1840027134
ISBN-13: 978-1840027136

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