It's three o'clock when the first ambulance arrives. An old Polish man who can't breathe properly. I see the paramedics try to get him on the stretcher, but he collapses on them. Sudden heart failure. They have to defibrillate right there in reception. The other patients are watching or covering their faces. It doesn't matter. He dies. It's the first time I've ever seen it. Someone dying.
Plague has hit the world wiping out most of the human population. Three teenagers from Bradford are among the few survivors: Harvinder, Nusrat and Alleyne. Together and separately they struggle to survive, each bringing together their people as they try to remake their world.
But their biggest challenge doesn't come from starvation, or zombie like cannibals.
It comes from within.
Game of Thrones meets Walking Dead. In Bradford.
North Country was published to coincide with the world premiere of the play by Freedom Studios in Bradford, UK.
About the Author
Tajinder Singh Hayer is a dramatist born in Bradford, West Yorkshire in 1980. He has written for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Peshkar Productions and Menagerie Theatre Company. Taj teaches creative writing at Lancaster University. His plays include You: The Player (West Yorkshire Playhouse, 2012), On Top (Old Red Lion, 2012), 1001 (Peshkar's Youth Theatre, 2009), Passengers (Oldham Coliseum, 2008), Mela (West Yorkshire Playhouse, 2008).