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Simon Donald

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The Life of Stuff

★ Winner: Evening Standard Best Playwright Award 1993
Traverse Theatre, 1993 Director John Mitchell Writer Simon Donald Starring Duncan Duff, Brian McCardie & Stuart McQuarrie

A brilliantly funny fly-on-the-wall snapshot of eight lives careering out of control. Small-time crook and aspirant pharmaceutical entrepreneur Willie Dobie's best laid plans unravel when human nature takes its predictably unpredictable course .

Winner of London Critics Award Best New Play 1993; nominated for the Olivier Best Comedy Award 1993.

The Life of Stuff was revived at Theatre 503 in May 2013.

The Life of Stuff
"Simon Donald's blissfully funny new play...at times, you get the impression that a gangster film like The Long Good Friday has been re-written by a Scottish Joe Orton, except that with Donald, compassion keeps leaking through the comic callousness."

Paul Taylor The Independent

a tart and timely twist on the Thatcherite enthusiasm for entrepreneurial zeal, and the dialogue is stuffed with salty nuggets of surprising (and often stomach-turning) flavour

Sam Marlowe The Arts Desk

Pacy and exhilarating, the plot drags you up and down tower-block stairs, leaving you gasping to keep up

Alice Saville Exeunt

Simon Donald is a terrific writer

Adam Penny British Theatre Guide

Two and half hours whip by with nary a backwards glance. Don’t miss it.

Miriam Zendle Whatsonstage