A Butcher of Distinction

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Oberon Books, Jun 21, 2012 - Drama - 64 pages

I provided him with things money can’t buy. And now he’s left me the most priceless gift of all. His most precious possessions.

Two orphaned twins are forced out of the rural wilderness they know and into a bleak, brutal London that they don’t. Seeking refuge in a dank pub basement, they begin to plan their escape, only to find themselves locked in a nightmarish battle with a grieving stranger over their dead father’s sordid legacy. Shot through with pitch-black humour, A Butcher of Distinction offers a journey into the unique imagination of award-winning young playwright Rob Hayes.

‘Fiercely funny’ – Time Out

‘Hayes evokes Renaissance writers like Middleton and Ford in the more gruesome touches... it is brilliant’ – The Public Reviews

‘A disturbing, yet brilliant example of new writing in London’ – Fringe Review

‘There are so many compelling themes in this strange, disturbing new play... This is edgy, bracing work which demands attention.’ – Extra! Extra!

‘A beautifully complex, layered and twisted comedy’ – The Good Review


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About the author (2012)

Rob Hayes lives and works in London. Theatre includes: A Butcher of Distinction (King's Head Theatre), Selling Clive (Lost Theatre), which won Best Overall Production at the 26th Lost One Act Festival, 2010, Council (Royal Exchange Showcase), Sandy123 (Camden Roundhouse Studio), A Wake (Canal Cafe Theatre), The Diabolic Banquet (Contact Theatre). Rob was nominated for three Off West End Awards 2012: Most Promising New Playwright (for A Butcher of Distinction and Step 9 (of 12) and Best New Play (A Butcher of Distinction).

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