(Circle Dreams Around) The Terrible, Terrible Past
Gulbenkian Youth Theatre perform a brand-new play as part of National Theatre Connections.
A recurring dream. There are fish, chickens, cows, who all look and sound like people, and people who look kind of familiar.
They dream about the past mainly, a past that they don’t belong to but a past that wants to belong to them. And then there’s a butcher, killing people.
The dream circles around, going back to the start again and again; a dream they can’t escape.
Simon Longman is a playwright from the West Midlands. His plays include Patient Light for Eastern Angles and Island Town for Paines Plough. He is the recipient of the 49th George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and has previously won the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.
Contains strong language, a brief reference to substance abuse and one brief, mildly sexually explicit conversation. The following are seen within the context of a dream: Weapons and a dead body, covered in blood.