Scenes from the Big Picture

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Nick Hern, 2003 - Drama - 128 pages

An epic, masterful twenty-plus-character play about Belfast and its multitude of urban denizens.

The play takes place over the course of a hot summer's day in an imagined area of present-day Belfast. We see a day in the life of over twenty inhabitants of the district as their stories interweave and collide. In a tour de force of dramatic writing, a whole world is evoked in a couple of hours.

Owen McCafferty's Scenes from the Big Picture was first performed in the Cottesloe auditorium of the National Theatre, London, in April 2003, directed by Peter Gill. It won both the 2004 Meyer-Whitworth Award and the 2004 John Whiting Award.

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World premiere - at the National Theatre, London - of an epic, twenty-character play by an up-and-coming Irish writer. The play takes place over the course of a hot summer's day in an imagined area of ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Owen McCafferty is a Belfast-based playwright. His plays include: Quietly (Abbey Theatre, Dublin and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, 2013); an adaptation of JP Miller's Days of Wine and Roses (Donmar Warehouse, London, 2005); Scenes from the Big Picture (National Theatre, London, 2003); Shoot the Crow (Druid, Galway, 1997; Royal Exchange, Manchester, 2003); Mojo Mickybo (Kabosh, Belfast, 1998); No Place Like Home (Tinderbox, Belfast, 2001) and Closing Time (National Theatre, 2002).Scenes from the Big Picture won the John Whiting Award, the Meyer Whitworth Award and the Evening Standard Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2003, making McCafferty the first writer to win all three awards in a single year.

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