The Cow Play

The Cow Play

by Ed Harris
     
 

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It's unusual, isn't it, for a girl to grow a tail at my age?

Owen can't seem to write, Thom's exhaust pipe is ruined, and Holly is turning into a cow. As the situation worsens Owen is forced to choose between his blunt and exciting friend Thom, or his love for the increasingly bovine Holly. Owen knows the effects Holly's transformation are having on him,

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It's unusual, isn't it, for a girl to grow a tail at my age?

Owen can't seem to write, Thom's exhaust pipe is ruined, and Holly is turning into a cow. As the situation worsens Owen is forced to choose between his blunt and exciting friend Thom, or his love for the increasingly bovine Holly. Owen knows the effects Holly's transformation are having on him, but he is scared that if he gives up on the one he loves, he'll be no better than Thom – a man who is the epitome of opportunism and shallow self-interest.

The Cow Play is a hilarious, touching and bizarre story, an absurd black comedy about the ethics of trying to save those we love.

Editorial Reviews

Financial Times

A writer worth watching
The Times on 'Mongrel

[Harris's] lines are sharp, his characters self-aware. This is a hugely promising piece of work.
Independent on 'Mongrel

In a play haunted by death, suicide, depression, defeatism and dysfunctional parent-child relationships, Harris displays a raw sensitivity to these subjects and a devastatingly vibrant turn of phrase about them . . . A talent to look out for.
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“A writer worth watching ” —Financial Times

“[Harris's] lines are sharp, his characters self-aware. This is a hugely promising piece of work.” —The Times on 'Mongrel'

“In a play haunted by death, suicide, depression, defeatism and dysfunctional parent-child relationships, Harris displays a raw sensitivity to these subjects and a devastatingly vibrant turn of phrase about them . . . A talent to look out for.” —Independent on 'Mongrel'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781472533968
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
10/17/2013
Series:
Modern Plays Series
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.30(d)

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Meet the Author

Ed Harris is an award-winning playwright and poet. His stage plays include Mongrel Island (Soho Theatre), Never Ever After (Chalkfoot Theatre Arts, shortlisted for the 2008 Meyer-Whitworth Award), Total (Brighton Festival Fringe) and The Cow Play (UK tour, Squaremoon/Farnham Maltings). For radio, Ed has written numerous critically acclaimed plays for BBC Radio 4 in recent years, and he won the 2011 Writers' Guild Award for his radio play Troll.

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