The Argument

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DOI: 10.5040/9781474236515.00000003
Scenes: 10. Roles: Male (3) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

Pip and Meredith have had a bust-up. It was only about their opinion of a film, but it’s led to more signi¬ficant differences coming to light. Pip has been having an affair. Meredith is in total shock.

As families and friends become embroiled in Pip and Meredith’s crisis, past prejudices, harsh judgements and painful truths come to light. The arguments that ensue go far beyond just being about Pip and Meredith, and what they should do about their marriage.

In ten taut arguments, William Boyd explores what it is to dispute with those we love – and those we claim to love. He looks at our propensity to judge others and our inherent power to cause real pain. He shows how the arguments we have with one another get to the very heart and reality of our relationships.

Darkly funny in tone, The Argument offers a bitingly acute take on human dynamics. The play was first performed at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs in March 2016.

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Bloomsbury Publishing

William Boyd

ISBN: 9781474236508

Series: Modern Plays

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