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Salt by Dawn King

A black and white photograph, the back of a man's head, and the top of a mop. The mop has coloured lines radiating from it.

Salt by Dawn King

Life is never plain sailing, but when a new government initiative comes into place offering young people the chance to train and learn skills overseas, droves of teens jump at the chance to secure their future. Once on board the transport ship, the promises of the glossy advert seem a far cry from what lies ahead.

A play about generations, choices and hope.

Cast size: 12 – 20

Why I wrote this play

‘I was interested in the idea of young people being treated badly by the older generation, of their being “sold out”. I was also drawn to the idea of a ship full of young people who are sailing away to find their futures and fortunes in a similar way to how young people have gone to sea or joined the army/navy for many centuries. I wanted to write about young people taking control, and finding their own path to their own future.’


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Dawn King

Dawn is an award-winning writer working in theatre, film, TV, VR and radio. She is currently adapting her play FOXFINDER for the screen with Elation Pictures and the BFI. Dawn also has a VR film project in development with DMC Films and Felix and Paul Studios. 

Dawn’s previous work for the stage includes; FOXFINDER, originally produced by Papatango Theatre Company at The Finborough in 2011 and revived in a new West End production at The Ambassadors by Bill Kenwright in 2018; an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s novel BRAVE NEW WORLD, a co-production between the Royal and Derngate, Northampton and the Touring Consortium which toured the UK in 2015; and CIPHERS, a co-production between Out of Joint, Exeter Nothcott and The Bush Theatre which toured the UK in 2013/2014.

For FOXFINDER, Dawn won the Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award 2013, the Papatango New Writing Competition 2011 and Most Promising Playwright, Off West End awards 2012. She was also shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize and the James Tait Black drama prize. Dawn’s short film THE KARMAN LINE won 17 awards including the BIFA for Best Short and was BAFTA nominated in 2014.