Polly Stenham

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Plays by Polly Stenham

That Face

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

I can't take care of you anymore. I can't take it. It's like an endless boxing match.

Mia is at boarding school. She has access to drugs. They are Martha's. Henry is preparing for art college. He has access to alcohol. From Martha. Martha controls their lives. Martha is their mother.

That Face premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in April 2007, and won the TMA Award 2007 for Best New Play. Polly Stenham received both the Charles Wintour Award 2007 and the Critics' Circle Award 2008 for Most Promising Playwright.

Tusk Tusk

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Come on troops. Let's take check: Finn Bar, slightly ruffled but still in fighting form. Maggie, could do with a full night's sleep but otherwise all in order... Stay here. Don't answer the door. I'll go out and get some proper food.

In a new flat, three children play hide and seek. Eliot wears a crown, little Finn, King of the Wild Things, draws on the walls. Maggie climbs them.

Hiding from the world, needing to be found, their one shared focus a mobile phone. Will it ring? Who will call? And what are they waiting for?

Tusk Tusk is a tale of family loyalty as an uncertain future circles.

Polly Stenham's second play premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in March 2009.

Polly Stenham's plays include That Face (Royal Court and the Duke of York's), for which she was awarded the 2008 Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright, the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright 2007 and TMA Best New Play 2007. Also at the Royal Court: Tusk Tusk and No Quarter. Hotel premiered at the National Theatre, London, in 2014.