An unexpected meeting at an airport leads to an intense, passionate, head-over-heels relationship. Before long they begin to settle down, buy a house, juggle careers, have kids - theirs is an ordinary family. But then their world starts to unravel and things take a disturbing turn. A tragic, violent look at parenthood and trauma.
This work contains four plays by young playwright Dennis Kelly, previously published by Oberon as single editions. "Love and Money": Jess and David's ideal blend of love and money is killing them. Funny but heart wrenching, this ingenious drama dares us to enter a dislocated world of bad debts and even worse desires. "Osama the hero": Gary's not stupid. He just dares to see the world differently. When another act of violence unsettles those around him, Gary must shoulder the blame. "Debris": When Michael finds a baby in some rubbish he decides to bring the child home and raise him himself. "After the End": After the explosion, Louise wakes up to find herself trapped with Mark. Can they survive the attack? Can they survive each other?
'None of this is the truth. It's just people saying things. It's all subjective. There's the truth, and there's what people think is the truth, and it all depends on how you slant it...' "Taking Care of Baby" tackles the complex case of Donna McAuliffe, a young mother convicted of the murder of her two infant children. In a series of probing interviews the people in this extraordinary story, including Donna herself and her bewildered mother Lynn, reveal how they may have harmed those they sought to protect. Dennis Kelly's ambitious new play uses the popular techniques of drama-documentary and verbatim theatre to explore how truth is compromised by today's information culture. "Taking Care of Baby" opens at the Hampstead Theatre in May 2007.
A group of teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their otherwise fractious lives, where's the incentive to put things right? DNA is a poignant and, sometimes, hilarious tale with a very dark heart. A new play for younger people "DNA" opened at the National Theatre in February 2008