Synopsis Kay is a reporter holed up somewhere in the Balkans - in an area not unlike the Yorkshire Dales- with only a dead soldier for company. What is the BBC protocol in these situations?
Cast & Duration Two (one male and one female). The play is 30 minutes in duration.
Production History Tongues was a brand-new, short play commissioned by Menagerie Theatre. It received its premiere at the Hotbed Festival, July 2008, in Cambridge at The Junction. The cast was as follows:
The play was directed by Paul Bourne.
Tongues has recently been revived and has toured successfully as part of a double-bill, Peacemakers, with Richard Fredman's one-act play Four for Jericho. Peacemakers plays ran from 2nd Nov at Oval House Theatre, London-25 November, at Hat Factory, Luton. Four For Jericho was directed by Patrick Morris and Tongues was directed by Paul Bourne. The role of Kay was recast for the tour with Shuna Snow being replaced by Elizabeth Moynihan.
Fraser's View I have written quite a bit about war, and about how broken the world is. I'm increasingly interested in exploring how I would like the world to be, seeing characters take the small steps away from the war and the hatred that any of us may take. Tongues is pretty dark, I think, but also almost irresponsibly optimistic. It is about struggle, a drama about the neuroses of war, the vagaries of map reading and why the dead make such good listeners.