How My Light Is Spent
Paperback, 80 pages ISBN: 9781848426207Publication Date:
27 Apr 2017
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
Ebook, 80 pages ISBN: 9781780019000Publication Date:
27 Apr 2017
£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
First Staged:
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 2017

How My Light Is Spent

By Alan Harris

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  • Judges' Award, Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting - 2015

Every Wednesday evening, Jimmy calls Kitty. For precisely nine minutes. At £1.20 a minute.

Jimmy is thirty-four, lives with his mum and works at Newport's only drive-through doughnut restaurant. Kitty is an adult chatline operator, living in the granny flat of a topiary enthusiast. Things were looking up for Jimmy, but then he loses his job and he begins to disappear, starting with his hands.

Will this unlikely duo succeed in turning each other's world upside down?

Alan Harris's play How My Light Is Spent is a funny, hopeful drama about loneliness, longing and being left behind. Winner of the Judges' Award in the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, it premiered in 2017 at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, in a co-production with Sherman Theatre and Theatre by the Lake, Keswick.

Press Quotes

'Alan Harris's clever, poignant play reads like an epic poem, its urgent dialogue and scene-setting narration weaving seamlessly together, its simple language belying the play's depth of content... a subtle, compelling, and beautifully crafted work'

The Reviews Hub

'Alan Harris is an offbeat purveyor of big-hearted, small-town stories… a lyrical two-hander in which the malls and call centres of south Wales seem as rich and strange as Dylan Thomas's Llareggub [the setting for Under Milk Wood]'


'Alan Harris's is a uniquely theatrical voice… a quirky, relevant, optimistic humanising play about the socially unseen'

The Stage

'Quirky, funny and charming… the dialogue bounces along wonderfully with a constant flow of witty dialogue and asides'

British Theatre Guide
Paperback,80 pages ISBN: 9781848426207Publication Date:
27 Apr 2017
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
Ebook,80 pages ISBN: 9781780019000Publication Date:
27 Apr 2017
£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)

Also by Alan Harris:

For The Grace Of You Go I
Sugar Baby
For All I Care
Love, Lies and Taxidermy

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