The Witness

By Vivienne Franzmann

The Witness
Paperback, 112 pages Online Price:
ISBN: 9781848422506
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 31st May 2012
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: Royal Court Theatre, London, 2012

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Vivienne Franzmann's second play is a dark and penetrating thriller of modern morals.

Captured in an award-winning shot, Alex was rescued from Rwanda and adopted by the man behind the lens. Years later, she’s back from university, returning to the Hampstead home in which she was raised. As a long-hidden secret is exposed, the distance between father and daughter stretches taut.

'if there is a finer new play than The Witness this year, I’ll be astonished'

- Evening Standard

'powerful, original and deeply moving'

- The Telegraph

'a marvellous piece of writing, delivered with quiet intensity and not an atom overdone'

- Financial Times

'a play whose depth, compassion and courage eclipses by far the success of her Bruntwood-winning Mogadishu... triumphant'

- The Times

'clever, gripping... noble, inventive'

- Daily Mail

Vivienne Franzmann gave up teaching drama in a London comprehensive after winning the Bruntwood award in 2008. Mogadishu, her first full-length play, also won the 2010 George Devine Award.

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