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Published Plays

Three Plays by Laurence Allan front coverbook

On The Road Again

The Best Years of Our Lives

Cradle to the Grave

Published by Seren Books -  Edited by Brian Mitchell

On The Road Again

Two hapless buddies, Rich and Beefy, fight, swop stories, recall good times and bad, trade lies, insults and meagre possessions. Will their friendship survive a notice to evict them from the squalid Splott caravan they call home? This lively, funny short play is a Laurence Allan classic.

The Best Years of our Lives opens with the closure of the last coalmine in Wales. Ex-miner Neil thinks the future for him and his wife Glen lies in a new suburb, a new job and the spurious ‘Heritage Trail’ envisioned by neighbours, Rob and Fiona. Then Glen’s dad Clem goes on hunger strike. Glen starts turning Japanese and before you know it, a plot is hatched to kidnap the Secretary of State for Wales

Cradle to the Grave – commissioned to mark the 50th Anniversary of the National Health Service charts the painful misadventures of a private patient named Nye Bevan, mistakenly transferred to an NHS hospital that has just closed, where he encounters an enraged flower-seller, maladroit administrators, a drunken doctor and two salvage men wielding chainsaws. This play is a brilliant satire on the beleaguered state of the Health Service.

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Review of On the Road Again

On the Road Again inhabits territory which has already been busily colonised by Ed Thomas. Two poetic drifters; a derelict caravan; dreams of leaving for an American pastoral. Allan gives his two chancers – Beefy and Rich – a lyrical depth. Their memories are wistful and whiskery: they argue over a dancing dog in Doncaster and the fate of their radio, “won from that seafaring fellow in Bristol”. It’s the most touching and humane of the three plays, perhaps because many of its effects are understated. We’re all with Rich when he declares that “dreams are the business”.

Reviewer Peter Morgan