Anya Reiss, who recently collaborated with the Library Theatre Company on The Seagull, was just 17 when her debut play, Spur of the Moment, opened at the Royal Court Theatre. The play was extremely well received being awarded Best New Play at the TMA Awards, while Reiss was awarded Most Promising Playwright by The Evening Standard.
Delilah is obsessed with High School Musical, bagging the latest Blackberry phone, and sleepover parties with her friends. Downstairs her parents, Nick and Vicky, are struggling to adapt to an affair, a redundancy and the taking in of a student lodger, Daniel.
In Daniel, the only one listens, Delilah finds distraction, some comfort and excitement. Nick and Vicky want to listen, especially to each other, but they can’t.
Daniel finds it hard too. Managing a teenage friend, a hidden past and a girlfriend, Leonie, who just wants to spend some time with him. Leonie and Delilah both want and like the same things.
Sometimes getting what you want is the worst thing that can happen.
Spur of the Moment was originally performed at ALRA North as a final production by third year students. It is the first Drama School production to be chosen for Re:play and will feature the original, now graduated, cast.
Deaf Dog, previously Leading Van, is a Manchester based production company run by John Mulleady, Joi Rouncefield & Ellie Whitfield.
” It is actually the first drama school production to make its way to the Re:play stage and features the original, now graduated, cast… High praise is deserved.”
– The Manchester Review
“An enjoyable piece.”
– The Good Review
“A perceptive play rightly included in Home’s Re:Play Festival.. It immediately grabs you for its insight into the behaviour of ordinary people in a dysfunctional family.”
– Remote Goat
“Has an infectious blend of comedy and tension to make you hold your breath or curl your toes… It will get you talking.”
– Now Then Manchester
Spur of the Moment is a Deaf Dog Production
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