The Kitchen Sink

By Tom Wells

The Kitchen Sink

Most Promising Playwright, Critics' Circle Awards - 2011

George Devine Award - 2012

Paperback, 112 pages Online Price:
ISBN: 9781848422223
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 17th November 2011
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: Bush Theatre, London., 2011

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An irresistibly funny and tender play about big dreams and small changes.

Amid the dreaming, the dramas and the dirty dishes, something has to give. But will it be Kath or the kitchen sink?

Things aren't going to plan for one family in Withernsea, Yorkshire. Pieces are falling off Martin's milk float as quickly as he's losing customers and something's up with Kath's kitchen sink. Billy is pinning his hopes of a place at art college on a revealing portrait of Dolly Parton, whilst Sophie's dreams of becoming a ju-jitsu teacher might be disappearing down the plughole.

This volume also includes the monologue Spacewang, in which a teenage girl roams the streets of Withernsea in search of aliens.

'Writing to remember'

- Guardian

'This is one of the best new plays I have seen anywhere this year, and I cannot recommend it too highly.'

- Charles Spencer Daily Telegraph

'Wells wrings more riches out of seemingly throwaway lines than a lot of writers manage in an entire play'

- Evening Standard

Tom Wells is a playwright whose work has been staged by the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Arcola, Paines Plough, The Bush Theatre and Hull Truck, amongst others.

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