The Bounds
Paperback, 120 pages ISBN: 9781839043444Publication Date:
23 May 2024
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook, 120 pages ISBN: 9781788507981Publication Date:
23 May 2024
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
First Staged:
Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne, & Royal Court Theatre, London, 2024

The Bounds

By Stewart Pringle

Paperback £10.99£8.79

Ebook £10.99£8.79

On Stage at:
Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne
From Thu 16 May 2024 to Sat 8 Jun 2024
Royal Court Theatre, London
From Thu 13 Jun 2024 to Sat 13 Jul 2024
The Bounds - Masterclass Script Social 2024 at Royal Court Theatre, London
Wed 3 Jul 2024

The year is 1553, the true Golden Age of English football. It's the Allen Valley Whitsun Game, and men will die today.

This is the big game, and it's been raging for hours. Percy and Rowan are out in the middle of nowhere, miles from the action, when a stranger joins them. A stranger with tidings that will blow their world apart.

Time passes. Night falls. The great chain of being collapses. And they're losing the bloody football...

Stewart Pringle's play The Bounds is a darkly comedic tale of national divides, folk horror and the end of the world as we know it. It was first co-produced by Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne, and the Royal Court Theatre, London, and performed at both theatres in 2024, directed by Jack McNamara.

Press Quotes

'A twisty, clever delight, with the power and excitement of a penalty kick-off win... Pringle is an exquisite writer... his dialogue feels fresh, crammed with memorable turns of phrase'

The Stage

'Written with wit and abrasive lyricism'


'Entertaining, absorbing and thought-provoking... with a deal of very funny banter'

Reviews Hub

'An absorbing, inspirational play... full of witty, humorous banter... serious, intense and haunting'

British Theatre Guide
Paperback,120 pages ISBN: 9781839043444Publication Date:
23 May 2024
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook,120 pages ISBN: 9781788507981Publication Date:
23 May 2024
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)

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