A remarkable play, and a Bruntwood Judges' Award winner in 2013, The Rolling Stone looks at homosexuality within a culture in which it is against the law and against religion to be gay.
Chris Urch trained as an actor at Drama Centre. In 2011 he was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize. In February 2012 he was selected from over 800 submissions as one of the 503Five, an 18-month playwriting residency with Theatre503. Since then, he has graduated from the Royal Court's Young Writers Programme. He has also participated in the Old Vic's 24-hour plays (2012) as one of six writers selected, and in 2011 Theatre503 staged Married to the Game, A Girl Like You and Vote of No Confidence. Other writing credits include You Get Me? (Bush) and G.L.O.R.Y (Canal Cafe Theatre). Chris Urch's play Vote of No Confidence was the first to be hand-picked by Howard Brenton to launch The Playwright Presents, an initiative at Theatre503 in which established playwrights help launch the career of a promising new writer. Land of our Fathers is Chris Urch's debut full-length play. His play The Rolling Stone won a Bruntwood Judges' Award in 2013.
There's a character everyone can relate to . . . there's a
character everyone will recognise and fall in love with. . . . A
survival play at its heart, Land of Our Fathers is packed full of
blistering comedy and a generation of lost voices. * Whatsonstage
Chris Urch's impressive debut play . . . craftily constructed . . . Urch certainly knows how to use a cliffhanger, and the disintegrating relationships between the men, growing self-interest and looming mutiny are neatly drawn. . . . it's meaty stuff: sometimes gruelling, always watchable. * Guardian *
This is soul-searching, soul-scorching stuff. . . . Land of Our Fathers is a blisteringly good debut: witty, smart, brilliantly textured and paced. The dialogue is packed with dirty humour . . . but also punctuated with instinctive acts of kindness . . . The actors shine - but they'd be fools not to, given this gift of a script. * Time Out *
Urch writes with rare passion about the ugly politics of persecution * Evening Standard *
Urch manages to push beyond reportage into a multi-faceted drama. High stakes and injustice make 'The Rolling Stone' compelling, but Urch's insistence on seeing all sides makes it morally complex. . . . Urch is a young writer with a classical sensibility and a strong sense of structure. . . writes with a real grasp of theatre * Variety *