The Day I Stood Still

DOI: 10.5040/9781784600839.00000005
Scenes: 3. Roles: Male (5) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

Kevin Elyot's The Day I Stood Still is a comedy drama about the heartbreak of unrequited love and the power of memories. It was first performed in the Cottesloe auditorium of the National Theatre, London, on 22 January 1998.

The play is set in a North London mansion block. Horace, Jerry and Judy were teenagers in the 60s, into drink, drugs, Hendrix and each other. Thirty years later, Judy unexpectedly drops in to see Horace with her new French boyfriend and we learn that Jerry has died, leaving behind his and Judy's four-year-old son, Jimi. It seems Horace is unable to escape the deep love he has always harboured for Jerry, even after his death, until one night he receives a visit from a now grown-up Jimi looking for comfort in the midst of his own romantic turmoil.

The National Theatre premiere was directed by Ian Rickson and designed by Mark Thompson. The cast was Adrian Scarborough, Callum Dixon, Catherine Russell, Daisy Beaumont, Geoffrey Church, Jake Wood, Joseph Swash and Oliver Milburn.

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Nick Hern Books

Kevin Elyot

ISBN: 9781854593344

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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