Leaves of Glass

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DOI: 10.5040/9781408182963.00000011
Scenes: 17. Roles: Male (2) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

Leaves of Glass is a sharp, complex play about two brothers and the grim hold that their memories have on them.

Barry is an artist who works for his older brother Stephen’s graffiti-removal company; Stephen is a successful business man with a beautiful wife and house, but absolutely no interest in his wife’s pregnancy. A series of flashback monologues describe the brothers’ father and his suicide, and slowly uncover the depths of their grief and trauma. The play opens on Barry, collapsed drunkenly on the floor of Stephen’s flat and terrified by nightmarish images of a Mr Ghost. Though Barry gives up drinking, the play is still haunted by the ghosts of lies that the family has told to keep going and by the pain they have not been able to bury.

Leaves of Glass was first performed in 2007 at the Soho Theatre, London.

From Ridley Plays: 2

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Philip Ridley

ISBN: 9781408111161

Series: Contemporary Dramatists

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