‘If there was a prize for failure, I’d win.’
John Smyth arrives at a mysterious location to collect his surprise prize. A series of bizarre and painful tests later, this timid man is about to grasp success. However, he hasn’t counted on a rival: she lives in The Towers, she believes World War Two occurred ‘in like the Romans’ but she’s determined to be a winner. What neither realises is they share a connection that means losing is not an option.
‘My balloon beats your astronaut’ is a dark, funny and surreal play about loneliness and twenty-first century competition. It was one of the shortlisted entries in the Papatango New Writing Competition 2010.
Kerry Hood has written nine plays including Feng Shui At Hair By Christine (Bristol Old Vic); Meeting Myself Coming Back (Soho Theatre); Caution! Trousers (commissioned by Alan Ayckbourn for Stephen Joseph Theatre); How To Live Without Love and Talking for England (Ustinov Theatre Bath).
She has received numerous Arts Council England and Peggy Ramsay Foundation Awards, has been shortlisted for both the Meyer-Whitworth and John Whiting Awards, Meeting Myself Coming Back was Sunday Times Critics’ Choice and a British Theatre Guide Highlight of the Year. As well as residencies at National Theatre Studio and Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, she is the winner of six short fiction awards.
Catch Kerry’s play at the Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden at 6.30pm tonight (Friday), then Sat matinee (2.30pm) and evening performances for £10.
Call 020 7240 6283 or book online at http://www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk