Plays by Moira Buffini

Blavatsky's Tower

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

On the twenty-fifth floor of a monstrous tower block Hector Blavatsky – visionary, architect and patriarch – dominates his family with godlike authority. Fearful of being tainted by the rest of humanity below, the Blavatsky's are in full retreat from the world. But Hector is dying. And when an outsider arrives in their miniature universe the family must finally consider flying the nest and joining ‘the crushed’ – but at what cost?

Blavatsky's Tower was first performed at the Lion and Unicorn, London, in April 1998.

Dinner

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

It's my creation – like Frankenstein's monster.

An artist, a scientist and a sexpot are coming to dinner. Paige, hostess extraordinaire, is celebrating the publication of her husband's bestseller. The arrival of Mike, marooned in the foggy lane after crashing his van, provides an unexpected addition to the evening's entertainment. A silent waiter, sourced from an obscure website, completes the picture. Primordial Soup is first on the menu.­ Let the dinner from hell begin.

A wonderful comedy chiller, with blood on the carpet before bedtime.

Dinner premiered at the National Theatre's Loft space in November 2002.

Dying For It

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Hallway-dwelling Semyon is unemployed and disheartened with life. When his last hope at turning his life around disappears he decides to commit suicide, only to find that a number of people would like him to die on their behalf. On the night of the deed, a party grows towards a glorious climax.

Moira Buffini has freely adapted Nikolai Erdman's The Suicide, which was banned by Stalin before a single performance, to create Dying For It.

Dying For It premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, in March 2007.

Gabriel (Buffini)

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

The drama is set around a largely forgotten moment in British history – the German occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II. A naked young man washes up on a Guernsey beach. Unnervingly handsome, he's fluent in both German and English but has no recollection of who he is. Patriot or Nazi innocent or madman or does it depend entirely on your point of view? Gabriel explores the heart of memory, identity and imagination, as well as the lies people tell themselves and each other to make the darkness light again.

Gabriel was first performed at the Soho Theatre, London, in May 1997.

Greenland (Buffini, Charman, Skinner, Thorne)

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

What on earth is happening to our planet? And who knows what to do? Certainties are few: every living thing is related to every other living thing; our actions have consequences; change is continual and inevitable.

The National Theatre asked four of the country's most exciting writers to investigate. The team spent six months interviewing key individuals from the worlds of science, politics, business and philosophy to create a fast-paced and provocative new play.

Greenland premiered at the National Theatre, London, in February 2011.

Loveplay

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Moira Buffini romps through the centuries from the Romans to the present day, charting the changing fortunes of place, time and people at 29 Trick Street. Buffini brings her usual lightness of touch to this incisive, funny and sharply observed play about changing social, economic and sexual mores.

Loveplay was first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the Pit Theatre, London, in February 2001.

Marianne Dreams

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

On her tenth birthday, Marianne is forced to bed with a fever. Picking up a pencil she starts to draw a house. That night she dreams.

As Marianne sleeps, she finds herself transported to the house she has drawn, and the mysterious world that lies beyond. Together with a strange but familiar boy, she embarks on an adventure that runs between reality and dream.

Catherine Storr's classic children's novel is adapted for the stage by Moira Buffini. Marianne Dreams premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, in December 2007.

Silence (Buffini)

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

A typical end of the millennium story involving cross dressing, hallucinogenic drugs, confused sexuality, alternative religions and apocalyptic dreams… end of the first millennium, that is.

A not-so-pure Maiden is sent to marry a not-so-manly Lord, who is advised by a not-so-celibate Priest and protected by a not-so-insensitive Thug, in an England ruled by a King who won't get out of bed.

Silence was first performed at The Door, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, in October 1999. It was recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award.

Welcome to Thebes

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

He put this gun into my hand and made me human once again.

Faced with an impoverished population, a shattered infrastructure and a volatile army, the first democratic president of Thebes, Eurydice, promises peace to her nation. Without the aid of Theseus, the leader of the vastly wealthy state of Athens, she doesn't stand a chance. But Theseus is arrogant, mercurial and motivated by profit. A swaggering opposition circles, impatient for insurrection. Meanwhile, the body of the former dictator lies unburied.

Set in the present day but inspired by ancient myth, Welcome to Thebes offers a passionate exploration of an encounter between the world's richest and the world's poorest countries in the aftermath of a brutal war.

Moira Buffini's Welcome to Thebes premiered at the National Theatre, London, in June 2010.

Moira Buffini's plays include Blavatsky's Tower (Machine Room), Gabriel (Soho Theatre), Silence (Birmingham Rep), Loveplay (Royal Shakespeare Company), Dinner (National Theatre and West End), Dying for It, adapted from The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman (Almeida), A Vampire Story (NT Connections), Marianne Dreams (Almeida Theatre) and Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre). She lives in London with her husband and children.