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Plays by Nick Payne

One Day When We Were Young

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

I am scared, that once this war is over, and I am sent home, that you won't be here. That you will have left.

Leonard and Violet, young, restless and in love, spend their first night together knowing it may also be their last. It's 1942 and, in a hotel room in Bath, they dream of their future while preparing for Leonard's departure to the war. But the bombs begin to fall and their world will never be the same again.

In the year 2002, the couple look back at what might have been.

Examining the impact of the Second World War on two ordinary lives and a love that spans more than sixty years, Nick Payne's One Day When We Were Young premiered at the Crucible Studio, Sheffield, in October 2011 in a Paines Plough production.

Wanderlust

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

-Sex isn't just about how big and how long.

-What is it about then?

-All sorts of things.

Joy is struggling to remain interested in sex. Her husband thinks of little else. And their teenage son is ready to burst.

Nick Payne's frank and compassionate play explores sex and intimacy - and asks whether the two are inevitably and inextricably linked.

Wanderlust premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in October 2010.

Nick Payne's plays include If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet (Bush), One Day When We Were Young (Paines Plough), Lay Down Your Cross (Hampstead), Wanderlust and Constellations (Royal (Royal Court). He was awarded the 2009 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and was the 2010 Pearson Playwright-in-Residence at the Bush Theatre.