Martin Foreman

Martin Foreman

playwright & theatre director

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Edinburgh, 2019

Alan Patterson (Carter), George Bowers (Thomas), Jamie Richard-Stewart (Tony), Nayia Anastasiadou (Isobel), February 2019

“It’s a cull to save the species.”

In the struggle for survival, no blow is too low. 

One of three office workers is about to lose their job. As Tony, Isobel and Thomas wait for their boss to deliver the verdict, the three discuss each other’s chances of survival. For alpha male Tony and calculating Isobel, it’s clear that Thomas is getting the chop.

A razor-sharp play about the fine line between office politics and playground bullying which exposes the vicious side of human nature and the power of words.

Written by Mike Bartlett, directed and set design by Adam Tomkins, produced by Martin Foreman. The initial production (pictured above) won three awards in the Scottish Community Drama Association One-Act Festival in spring 2019. The production, with Jake McGarry as Thomas, was revived for the Edinburgh Fringe that year with reviews as below.

“four stars: must see”
Corr Blimey 

“four stars: impressive” 
All Edinburgh Theatre  

“tension builds throughout”