M.A.D. is a poignant and compelling family drama following the lives of a struggling market-stall trader, his frustrated wife and their young boy John, as their whole world appears to be coming to an end. At the height of the cold war M.A.D. stood for Mutually Assured Destruction. For eleven-year-old John in 1984 this is disturbingly close to Mum and Dad.
The play tenderly explores the gap between the lifestyles and aspirations of parents and son. A row erupts because John’s mother wants him to read David Copperfield for the entrance exam to a public school, so he doesn’t have to work on a stall like his father. John is more worried about the end of the world, only to have his own, personal world collapse in front of his eyes. Surrounded by cold war paranoia, an emotional fall-out haunts this ordinary family, threatening to tear apart the love that once drew them together.
M.A.D. premiered in 2004 at The Bush Theatre, London.