Plays by Fiona Evans

Scarborough  

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Fiona Evans's play Scarborough is a drama about a dangerously charged romance between a fifteen-year-old and their teacher. A one-act version of the play was first performed at Apartment, Newcastle, on 24 October 2006, and transferred to The Assembly Rooms, George Street, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on 3 August 2007, where it won a Fringe First Award.

The play was revived, in this expanded, two-part version, at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London, on 7 February 2008.

The play takes place in a double room in a Scarborough bed and breakfast, where a 29-year-old gym teacher and their15-year-old pupil are having an illicit weekend away. In Part One, Lauren (the teacher) and Daz (the pupil) laugh, quarrel and make love, but they don't dare go out. The play tracks the disintegration of their relationship. Then, in Part Two, the action is replayed with almost identical dialogue, but with the gender of the two characters reversed: the teacher is now Aiden, and the pupil is Beth.

The Royal Court production was directed by Deborah Bruce and designed by Jo Newberry. It was performed by Holly Atkins (as Lauren), Jack O’Connell (as Daz), Daniel Mays (as Aiden) and Rebecca Ryan (as Beth).

Fiona Evans is a playwright whose plays have been produced at theatres including the Royal Court, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.