One evening, John starts to walk home. It takes him four days to get from London to Northampton, and he’s not in a very good state when he gets there.
Out of work and disillusioned, John tries to work out why he swapped the anonymity of corporate city life for the comforts of home, since everyone else seems to be trying to get away from Northampton. His old friend Anna is sustained by fantasies of intergalactic travel, and his new friend Mary is working on her UCAS statement. After walking so far, John doesn’t know which direction he should go next, and his loneliness and disconnection become a compelling portrait of a generation’s alienation.
Town is inspired by the journey made by the poet John Clare, who escaped from an asylum and travelled on foot for four days back to his hometown. The play premiered in 2010 at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton.