Polly Stenham: Plays 1

Polly Stenham
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Polly Stenham’s explosive That Face, written at the age of nineteen, was staged at the Royal Court before transferring to London’s West End. Tusk Tusk and No Quarter followed, also for the Royal Court. Her fourth play, Hotel, opened at the National Theatre. All four are contained in Plays 1, together with an introduction from the author.

That Face
‘One of the most astonishing debuts I have seen in more than 30 years.. In every respect this is a remarkable and unforgettable piece of theatre.’ Daily Telegraph

Tusk Tusk
‘A cracking confirmation of Stenham’s talent… [A] gripping, witty, sad play.’ Financial Times

No Quarter
‘Stenham is that rare thing, a truly exciting writer… It is hard to envisage anything providing this kind of mainlining thrill.’ Evening Standard

‘At its core, Hotel is about civilisation peeled down to savagery. And that is where Stenham is at her brutal, universal best.’ Independent


Polly Stenham’s plays include That Face (Royal Court and the Duke of York’s), for which she was awarded the 2008 Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright, the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright 2007 and TMA Best New Play 2007. Also at the Royal Court: Tusk Tusk and No Quarter. Hotel premiered at the National Theatre, London, in…

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