Vinny's organising a surprise birthday party for his mate, Anita. It's not going well: his choice of venue is a bit misguided, Anita's not keen on leaving the house, and everyone else has their own stuff going on. Maybe a surprise party wasn’t the best idea?
A play about trying (but not really managing) to help.
Cast size: 9
Why I wrote this play
‘I wanted to write about friendship, loss, and the way people try to do the right thing for their mates when there isn't really a right thing to do.’
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Tom is a Hull-based playwright. Plays include: BROKEN BISCUITS (Paines Plough/Live Theatre, Newcastle); FOLK (Birmingham Rep/Hull Truck Theatre/Watford Palace Theatre), JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS (Paines Plough - Watford Palace Theatre and UK tour, 2013/14); COSMIC (Ros Terry / Root Theatre, E. Yorkshire tour, 2013); THE KITCHEN SINK (Bush Theatre, 2011, winner of the Most Promising Playwright - Critics Circle, 2011 and the 2012 George Devine Award ); ME, AS A PENGUIN (West Yorkshire Playhouse, 2009 and Arcola Theatre / UK Tour, 2010) and ABOUT A GOTH (Paines Plough / Oran Mor, 2009). BEN & LUMP, which Tom wrote as part of the Coming Up season (Touchpaper) was broadcast on Channel 4 in 2012; his play JONESY was broadcast on Radio 4; and he wrote words for the musical DRIP (Script Club / Boundless) with music by Matthew Robins. He has also written pantomimes for the Lyric, Hammersmith and Middle Child, Hull. Tom is currently under commission to the Royal Court Theatre, the National Theatre and is writing a new play to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4.