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Samantha Adams in Oxford Theatre’s 2004 production of Big Baby.

Big Baby

Brendan Murray, playwright


61 pgs. 3 female, 12 male (originally performed with 4 actors)

Originally produced by Theatre Centre and The Royal Exchange Theatre, UK, in 1999

Run Time: 60 minutes

Audience Recommendation: 13+


This is a dark tale that reflects the greed, hypocrisy, ambition and exploitation of many centuries, encapsulated in the life of a small child and his innocent parents. Janet and John have a very special baby- a wunderkind who can talk, quote Sophocles, understand quantum physics and discuss comparative philosophy!  On the third day of his life Big Baby is at the best school in London and appearing at the Royal Society.  By day five, he’s mixing with the cream of London society, and all is not as it may appear. With great ambition comes great risk and for Big Baby and his parents, their journey in this dark and twisted world has a price that may, or may not, be worth paying.

“Imaginative and often surreal.” Manchester Evening News

“A deeply polemical play containing some of the blackest comedy you will ever see.”
Oxford Times

“A bewitching mixture of parable, dumb-show and song-and-dance, taking on half a dozen huge ideas. Five stars.”
The Times

“Disturbingly compelling…unflinchingly honest.”
Glasgow Herald

“A grand metaphor about modernity, industrialization and capitalism…chillingly forceful and poetic.”
The Scotsman

*Runner up for The John Whiting Award 2000*

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $75 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote
The royalty fee includes permission to make copies of the perusal script for your cast.

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