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A series of public apologies (in response to an unfortunate incident in the school lavatories) by John Donnelly

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A series of public apologies (in response to an unfortunate incident in the school lavatories) by John Donnelly

This satirical play is heightened in its naturalism, in its seriousness, in its parody and piercing in its interrogation of how our attempts to define ourselves in public are shaped by the fear of saying the wrong thing. Presented quite literally as a series of public apologies this play is spacious, flexible and welcoming of inventive and imaginative interpretation as each iteration spirals inevitably to its absurdist core.  This is a play on words, on convention, on manners, on institutions, on order, online and on point.

Cast size: 8 – 100, any gender.

Recommended for ages 14+. 

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John Donnelly

John is a BAFTA nominated writer and past winner of the Tom Erhardt Award.

His plays include The Pass (Royal Court), a version of The Seagull (Headlong/UK Tour), Little Russians (Tricycle Theatre/ First Blast: Proliferation Season), THE KNOWLEDGE (Bush Theatre), Encourage The Others (Almeida Projects), Songs of Grace and Redemption (Liminal Theatre/Theatre 503), and Bone (Royal Court Theatre). The Pass, The Knowledge, Songs of Grace and Redemption and Bone are all published by Faber. Little Russians is published by Oberon Books.

For television he has written a short film, Henry for Channel 4’s Coming Up which was broadcast in July 2013. John has also co-written two episodes of Utopia (Kudos/Channel4) which broadcast in July 2014 and an episode of Glue (Channel 4/Eleven Films) which broadcast in late 2014.

Most recently, John adapted his stage play The Pass for screen, produced by Duncan Kenworthy/Toledo Productions and starring Russell Tovey. The film opened the BFI Flare Festival in March 2016 and later returned to the BFI London Film Festival in October 2016. John and the film’s director, Ben A. Williams, were BAFTA nominated for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

John’s new version of Moliere’s comic masterpiece Tartuffe opened at the National Theatre in February 2019, directed by Blanche McIntyre and starring Denis O’Hare, Olivia Williams and Kevin Doyle. 

John is currently working on a new play for Headlong and is under commission with the National Theatre. For screen, John is writing a feature for Sixteen Films and is working on TV projects with Fearless Minds Productions, Archery Pictures and eOne.