D. C. Jackson

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Plays by D. C. Jackson

The Chooky Brae

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

It’s Christmas Day in Stewarton and Irene Gordon’s struggling to get in the festive spirit. Her eighteen-year-old daughter has just had a baby, her ex-husband’s had a stroke and her eldest is having a breakdown. Even the Dr Who special is disappointing. To compensate, she gets Rab McGuire, a gift-wrapped male sex aid and an escaped chicken that won’t be stuffed.

The final chapter of the Stewarton trilogy (The Wall and The Ducky), D. C. Jackson’s The Chooky Brae premiered in a Borderline Theatre Company production at the Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock, in September 2010.

The Ducky

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

For the teenagers of the small Ayrshire town of Stewarton, there's change in the air.

Rab's back from Cambridge. He feels as alienated there he feels as he does in his home town. Michelle's returned to spend some time with her great-gran while she can. She reckons university isn't all it's cracked up to be, too. Meanwhile, Norma's sweeping up in the local hairdresser's until she works out what to do.

Two years is a long time in a teenager's life.

The second play in the trilogy which includes The Wall and The Chooky Brae, D. C. Jackson's The Ducky premiered in a Borderline Theatre Company production at the Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock, in May 2009.

My Romantic History

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Do you know how they get animals to breed in captivity? They put them in the same cage.

One moment you're colleagues, and then it's Friday night drinks, a quick grope, and you're an item. When Tom and Amy get together, they find themselves living in each other's pockets. But all too soon the ghosts of relationships past begin to interfere with the here and now.

A comedy about love, loss and laminating machines, My Romantic History premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in August 2010 in a Bush Theatre and Sheffield Theatres production, in association with Birmingham Rep.

The Wall

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

In the small Ayrshire town of Stewarton, the school holidays are like a microwave. So much happens and it all happens so fast.

Norma Gordon has got a problem. She's going to be in big trouble if her dad finds out. Norma needs to find Rab McGuire fast. Her big brother Barry's no use. He's in love for the first time. Michelle Montgomery loves Barry too but her mum and Aunt Alice just won't let them be together.

This summer everything's changing in Stewarton.

The Wall premiered at Tron Theatre, Glasgow, in February 2008, in association with Borderline Theatre Company. It is the first part of a trilogy that includes The Ducky and The Chooky Brae.

The first play in D. C. Jackson's 'Stewarton Trilogy' for Borderline Theatre Company, The Wall, won the Best Ensemble at the 2007-8 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland and was shortlisted for the Saltire Society/ Royal Mail Scottish First Book of the Year Award. It was followed by The Ducky in 2009. The Chooky Brae completed the trilogy in 2010. My Romantic History was staged earlier in the same year by the Bush Theatre and Sheffield Crucible. He has also had short plays produced by Oran Mor (Matinee Idle, Drawing Bored, Out on the Wing and Company Policy) and the Arches Theatre Company (Hello, part of Spend a Penny). He is working on new plays for BBC Radio 4, the National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Court, and was the Pearson Writer in Residence at the Royal Court for 2008.