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Synopsis

Brady, Dempster and Anton. A bedsit in North London. Who holds the ultimate power in this deadly game of terror and deception?

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Summary

An IRA gunman awaits his fate in a London Bedsit

Reviews

The List
"Unmissable. Three men (two young, the other middle aged) bicker, banter and argue but it is hard to define the relationship between them. Then it becomes clear that the young men are lodgers. However, it also becomes apparent that they are members of a terrorist organisation. This is a play which almost defines the term “thriller.” As a result of its tight, witty script, moments of pure hilarity are juxtaposed with superbly realised instances of tension. As chilling as it is humorous, this is a must for those who like their theatre cogent and absorbing."
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Dawn Kofie
BBC 2 Edinburgh Nights
“A very powerful piece of theatre.”
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The Observer
“A neat thriller with a twist in its tale.”
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Susannah Clapp
Sunday Telegraph
“Also recommended is Paul Sellar's The Bedsit. A taut little play about a gunman who has renounced the cause but finds himself tracked down by two former colleagues. It is essentially a thriller, and a good one, with some clever twists and a satisfying surprise ending.”
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John Gross
The Independent
“Real life events are a savage reminder of the plays extreme relevance… The surprise ending is chilling.”
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Rachel Halliburton
The Times
“I long to mention the last two minutes but this would be an unforgivable offence. I must not give away the end.”
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Jeremy Kingston
1996 & 1999
Time Out
“A highly charged political play because the personal stakes are so high… thrilling… the dramatic tension is stunning.”
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Simon Reade
Times Literary Supplement
“A cleverly crafted play… this story of mistrust and misjudgement involves us not only as a thriller but also as a funny and thought provoking study of fear and idealism.”
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Alison Huntley
The Bedsit  #4
Scotland on Sunday
“A tightly crafted psychological thriller set in a claustrophobic bedsit.”
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The Herald
“A tense, multi layered piece. Part thriller, part lament. The naturalism may be as heightened as the stakes, but the tension is very real. You wont find much tauter.”
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Other Reviews

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The Evening Standard
Time Out
The List
The List
Irish World
Irish Post
Middlesex Chronicles
Brentford, Chiswick and Isleworth Times
The List
The Herald
Evening News
The Stage
Chicago Gaelic Park Flyer
Time Out Critics' Choice Preview
Irish Post
Time Out Advert
Time Out Critics Choice
Time Out

Background

The Bedsit is a long one act drama. Set in a seedy Kilburn flat it explores the relationship between a tenant his lodger and a new arrival. The play was written in a short form while the author was still at school (17yrs old) – it received an outing in a one drama festival and received high commendation and a certificate of excellence from Richard Eyre, then Artistic director of the National Theatre. It was described as a comedy of menace and it contained allusions to the troubles in Ireland which were prominent in the news at the time. But ultimately it was about idealism, the futility of violence and the inevitability of betrayal that goes with it.

Production History

It began as a part of a One Act Drama Festival at Hurtwood House. Its first professional production was nearly a decade later in 1996 – at the Tabard Theatre, Chiswick. In the lead was James Ellis – the play was successful critically and sold out by the end of it’s run and transferred a couple of years later to the BAC as part of the Time Out Critics Choice season with James Ellis again in the lead role. The play had lost none of its relevance. The Assembly Rooms having seen the play at the BAC invited it up to the Edinburgh festival where it was produced in house in the summer of 1999. Again it was a critical and commercial success. Since then the play has been published by Faber & Faber. It received a small scale professional production in Chicago and a drama society production in a one act play festival in Ireland.

Published / Playtext

The play was first published by Faber & Faber in August 1999.

Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Faber and Faber (23 Aug 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0571203647
ISBN-13: 978-0571203642

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