Close to Croydon

'Close to Croyden' 

by Gillian Ploughman


One Act Festivals


Hugo, a PR consultant and Martha, a museum education office are trapped in an overturned railway carriage following a rail crash, waiting tensely to be rescued. A touching relationship begins to develop between them as they amuse each other, annoy each other, tell stories, jokes and secrets, sing songs and play word games. Just as rescue seems likely they are torn apart by tragedy.



Hugo (Kevin Kirwan); Martha (Kit Johnson); George Townsend (John Mills) & Anthea (Kay Trenchard)


Director: Kathleen Kirwan

This piece was entered into several One Act Festivals including Cheltenham and Malmesbury and won a number of awards including 'Best Actress', 'Festival Winner' and 'Best in Gloucestershire' in Cheltenham. it then went on to the Central Divisional Finals at Shrivenham, where it achieved an 'Award of Merit'.

The adjudication for this show, as well as those for many others, is available in the members’ section of the site

Also performed in 1998 were Nelson Bond's 'staged dramatic reading' of George Orwell's "Animal Farm" and "Move Over Mrs Markham", a comedy by Ray Cooney and John Chapman, but I currently have no further details of these performances