Lucy Kirkwood’s first full-length play, Tinderbox is a dystopian comedy set in a Bradford butcher's shop in a future version of England that is afflicted by riots and separated from Scotland by a 38-mile-wide Hadrian's Channel. The play was first performed at the Bush Theatre, London, on 23 April 2008.
It is sometime in the 21st century, and England is crumbling into the sea. Perchik, an outlawed Scottish artist on the run from the police in Bradford, takes refuge in a traditional butcher's shop belonging to Londoner Saul Everard, a sadistic, bloodthirsty English patriot. Saul will do anything to preserve his little empire, including feeding his assistants into a cement-mixer to keep the meat supply running. Meanwhile Saul's good-natured but much-abused wife, Vanessa, acts out scenes from the X-rated movies in which she once appeared, and soon catches the eye of Perchik.
The Bush Theatre premiere was directed by Josie Rourke with a cast including Bryan Dick as Perchik, Jamie Foreman as Saul and Sheridan Smith as Vanessa.