Scenes From the Big Picture
Paperback, 128 pages ISBN: 9781854597298Publication Date:
17 Apr 2003
Size: 200mm x 130mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
First Staged:
National Theatre, London, 2003

Scenes From the Big Picture

By Owen McCafferty

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  • Winner of the John Whiting Award - 2004
  • Winner of the Meyer-Whitworth Award - 2004

An epic, masterful twenty-plus-character play about Belfast and its multitude of urban denizens.

The play takes place over the course of a hot summer's day in an imagined area of present-day Belfast. We see a day in the life of over twenty inhabitants of the district as their stories interweave and collide. In a tour de force of dramatic writing, a whole world is evoked in a couple of hours.

Owen McCafferty's Scenes from the Big Picture was first performed in the Cottesloe auditorium of the National Theatre, London, in April 2003, directed by Peter Gill. It won both the 2004 Meyer-Whitworth Award and the 2004 John Whiting Award.

Press Quotes

'Scenes From The Big Picture is a more or less perfect play'

Financial Times

'Magnificently confirms McCafferty's promise. This stirringly ambitious piece is an epic that attempts to put the whole of life on stage - birth, death, love, sex, work, families, the whole damn thing. McCafferty is a writer of depth and subtlety, as well as palpable humanity, and constantly confounds the audience's expectations. His characterisation is detailed, vivid and unpredictable, his dialogue pungent, and the piece constantly combines raw drama with quirky humour'

Daily Telegraph

'Bathes us in loneliness and violence, foreboding and post-funeral drunkenness, aggression and marital disarray, not to mention teenage sex play for light comic relief... he infuses painful encounters with an authentic sense of pain and regret'

Evening Standard
Paperback,128 pages ISBN: 9781854597298Publication Date:
17 Apr 2003
Size: 200mm x 130mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)

Also by Owen McCafferty:

Days of Wine and Roses
The Waiting List
Closing Time
Singular Male Voices
I Won't Dance - Don't Ask Me
Mojo Mickybo: Three Plays
Cold Comfort
Mojo Mickybo
Shoot the Crow

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