Big Theatre in Small Spaces


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Big Theatre in Small Spaces

by Brendan Murray

A collection of three plays for adults by award-winning playwright Brendan Murray, that have proved a hit with theatres in the UK and abroad. This book is ideal for schools, colleges and drama students.

A collection of three plays for adults which showcase Murray’s most successful recent work and productions.


“Tender and ultimately shocking, the conflicts are subtle and the characters, never mere mouthpieces, all have the ring of truth about them.” The Stage

“A play that captures the essence of rural life as it is lived today. These country folk are a million times away from the stereotypes used in The Archers, and the story is anything but everyday.” Oxford Times


The Plays

The Falling Sky: Cast 5 (2m/3w); 90 minutes. Drama about priorities and choices told through the lives of five inhabitants of a rural community over the course of one fateful year. Commissioned and produced by Oxfordshire Theatre Company 2007. The audio version of New Perspectives Theatre Company 2010, Starring Stephanie Cole.

Entertaining Angels: Cast 5 (3m/2w);110 minutes. A story of a rural parish in decline, a priest facing both a crisis of faith and the collapse of his marriage and the strange figure who arrives in the village one day, seemingly with an answer to everyone’s prayers. Commissioned and produced by New Perspectives Theatre Company, 2013.

Missing in Action: Cast 5 (3m/2w);110 minutes. The story of two mates who join the army; how one dies and the other survives to battle with post-traumatic stress – and the impact these outcomes have on their families. Commissioned and produced by Proteus Theatre Company 2012.


About the author

Brendan Murray is a playwright, theatre director and teacher with over thirty years’ professional experience. Recipient of the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain award in 2009 and The Arts Council’s Children’s (Brian Way) Award in 2001, his work – which focuses on the intricacies of human relationships – has proved a hit with audiences across the UK and throughout Europe.


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