Blowback (2005)

White Horse Road
21 Sep - 5 Nov 2005
Age range: 13+
Photo by Patrick Baldwin Photo by Patrick Baldwin
  • by Emily Nightingale

“Alone at last I watch baby Calum sleep….. He wakes and I try to help him walk. I do monkey moves and juggle in the air. He laughs and I look away. I look back. I look around. I shout out his name. My heart begins to speed up and then I see him – on the far side of the roof. His steps are small and wobbly. He falls. My breath is trapped. I run to where he’d been. I hesitate. I look. Thirteen floors beneath me Calum is lying face down. I cannot hear a thing. Who has switched off the sound?”

London in the future, in a world of divided loyalties and dwindling resources. 20 year old Paul, his girlfriend Sufia, and his little sister (a teenage mum) Leah face a tragedy, which forces them to make decisions that will change their lives forever. Blowback hard-hitting piece for teenagers was about race, love, despondency, accountability and responsibility and toured nationally to venues and schools.

You can access the script of this play via the British Library’s MPS Modern Playscripts Collection.

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Cast List

  • Patrick Thornton Paul
  • Louise Leone Leah
  • Babita Pohoomull Sufia

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