In a place where everyone knows your name you can't forget who you are.
Life, love and loss in a picture postcard town is laid bare in this heart-breaking but darkly comic new play. Through a series of interweaving accounts For Once cuts to the heart of a family, and a community, turbaned upside down by unimaginable tragedy.
For Once examines the fallout after a car crash on a country lane takes the life of two local teenagers, through three interlaced monologues by their surviving friend Sid and his parents, April and Gordon, exposing the pre-existing faultlines in the family. Sid has been left partially sighted by the crash, and his account of his life before and since the accident gives an insight into why young people living in what seems like 'ideal' communities are driven to seek thrills elsewhere, sometimes with horrifying consequences. However, far from being depressing, Tim Price's skill at capturing the revealing inarticulacy of the teenager, as well as his troubled parents, makes for unexpected humour.
For Once is a powerful and incisive look at life and death in a small market town and premiered on 8 July 2011 at the Hampstead Theatre in a production by Pentabus Theatre.
About the Author
Tim Price is a writer on the cusp of major recognition, with For Once being the first of three major premieres of his work planned over the next year. His next play, Salt, Root and Roe will be seen at Trafalgar Studios in November as part of the Donmar West End season, and in 2012, his play The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning will open for the National Theatre of Wales in Haverfordwest.
He was shortlisted for this year's Verity Bargate Award with his play Will and George.