The Guffin

by Howard Brenton

performed by PACE Youth Theatre

8.30pm Friday 5 July

The Guffin figure with carboard box head and giant cardboard cut-out key

The Guffin

Four young people hanging out in a derelict house find a strange object; it's the Guffin.  Touch it and your life is changed forever. 

Howard was born in Portsmouth in 1942.   He and his wife Jane live in South London and they have two sons.  His many plays include CHRISTIE IN LOVE (Portable Theatre, 1969); REVENGE (Theatre Upstairs, 1969);  MAGNIFICENCE (Royal Court Theatre, 1973); THE CHURCHILL PLAY (Nottingham Playhouse, 1974 twice revived by the RSC 1978 and 1988); BLOODY POETRY (Foco Novo 1984 and The Royal Court Theatre, 1987); WEAPONS OF HAPPINESS (National Theatre, winner of the Evening Standard Award 1976); EPSOM DOWNS (Joint Stock Theatre, 1977); SORE THROATS (RSC, 1978); THE ROMANS IN BRITAIN (National Theatre, 1980, revived Sheffield Crucible Theatre 2006); THIRTEENTH NIGHT (RSC, 1981); THE GENIUS (1983), GREENLAND (1988) and BERLIN BERTIE (1992) all presented by the Royal Court; KIT’S PLAY (RADA Jerwood Theatre, 2000); PAUL (National Theatre 2005, nominated for the Olivier Award, 2006); IN EXTREMIS (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2006); THE RAGGED TROUSERED PHILANTROPISTS (Chichester Festival Theatre/ Liverpool Everyman, 2010) and ANNE BOLEYN (Shakespeare’s Globe 2010/2011).

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