Alan’s first play, directed by Cheryl Martin, was first performed in 2009, commissioned by Traverse Theatre for their A Play, A Pie and A Pint season in collaboration with Oran Mor. It’s a pitch-black two-hander set in a toilet cubicle. Rory realises he is out of his depth once he becomes trapped by the terrifying and enigmatic drug-dealer, Darren. The original cast included Andy Clark, shortlisted for a CAT award for Best Actor in the role, and Colin McCredie (Taggart). The Ching Room was revived at Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, in March 2010, in a double bill with The Moira Monologues, with Simon Donaldson as Rory and Martin McCormick as Darren. The double bill played at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester in Ocotber 2010, with McCormick as Darren and McCredie returning to the role of Rory.
You can buy a copy of the script here.
WHAT THEY SAID
“Has subtle depth as a meditation on drug culture…The character of Darren is a demon for our times.” ****
– The Scotman (read full review here)
“Exudes the same sort of self-assurance as Gregory Burke’s debut, Gagarin Way…You can see real talent at work here.” ****
“As tight as a short drama set in a toilet cubicle should be…A curiously compelling little play…A script riddled with priceless back-alley gems.” ****
– The Herald
“It’s exciting, totally absorbing theatre.” ****
– City Life, Manchester