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The Albatross 3rd & Main

Simon David Eden

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy


ISBN: 9780573132070

Gene Lacy, a former lobster boat fisherman and proprietor of Lacy’s General Store, is down on his luck big time: he’s ducking creditors,huge gambling debts, and an ex-wife with very expensive tastes. So when Spider walks into his store with a golden lottery ticket in the shape of a rare and valuable dead bird, Gene has a choice to make.

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Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play -

A General Store in Massachusetts, USA


Physical Comedy, Stage Combat

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Gun Shots, Strong Language




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He has the connections to help Spider turn his windfall into greenbacks, but there’s one tiny problem, as Gene’s right-hand man – an ex-boxer named Lullaby – is well aware: it’s a felony offence to even be in possession of the bird. As the metaphorical noose tightens, and the threat of a lengthy stretch behind bars hangs over them, so the friendships unravel with a potentially deadly and deadly funny outcome: if there’s honour amongst thieves, somebody forgot to tell these guys.

★★★★ 'darkly comic and clever three-hander is fast-paced and entertaining with echoes of David Mamet … impressive stage design … an outstanding cast’ - West End Wilma

★★★★ 'A teasingly enigmatic tale of small-town American crime… a heady cocktail of Sam Shepard grittiness, Harold Pinter intrigue, and dark Martin McDonagh absurdity... in two superbly developed acts. Eden who directs and designs as well plots an intricate story of sordid petty crime that drips with cinematic cool'- The Stage

★★★★ 'had the audience laughing throughout … the conclusion was perfection as well … suburb writing and direction from Simon David Eden.' - On In London

★★★ 'A comic portrait of hapless criminality… hint of David Mamet … tantalising whiff of absurdism. Fine performances.' - Metro

★★★ 'A great balance of drama, tension and comedy’- LoveLondonLoveCulture.com

★★★ 'gives us lots to listen to and laugh at … American Gothic injected with a dose of very literate city humour and dialogue on speed’ - UpComing

"An excellent comedy that is rich, dark, well designed and acted, play loaded with wit, wisdom and the courage to examine some important themes." - Paul Levy (Fringe Review)

"Razor sharp and wickedly funny." - Treat Williams (Prince of the City, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead)

"Funny, intimate and realistic with a dark twist. Extraordinary performances. Not to be missed!" - Stephanie Prior (WHM magazine)

"Slick, punchy, black comedy and a psychological thriller, full of sharp, stylish and intelligent writing. Very clever and very, very funny. A must see for theatregoers from Brighton and beyond." - Paul Gustafson (G-Scene Magazine)


2nd-20th Feb 2016. Emporium Theatre Brighton. Shiny Pin Productions Ltd

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Role(s) for Black Actor(s), All Male

LULLABY - 40s / 50s African-American

GENE - 40s / 50s Caucasian

SPIDER - 30s Caucasion

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Simon David Eden

Simon David Eden

Born and raised in Brighton, Simon is an alumnus of the Royal College of Art (MA Distinction). In addition to his work for the stage, (When The Saintz Go Marching In, The Little Match Girl - Musical) Simon’s writing career includes commissions from Hollywood studios and UK television. His script for TV medical series Bliss – All Fall Down (Carlton TV) won Best Feature Length Drama at the Quebec ... view full profile

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Helena Michell 21/03/2016 11:53
As producer of the initial Equity Fringe 3 week try-out run of 'Albatross' in Brighton, I was proud to work with the wonderful company and cast that we assembled, and both the audience response and rave reviews proved just what an exceptional stage play this is. Whether it's Shiny Pin's premiere production or another company's take on the piece, I'm quite sure that in time it will go on to gain wide recognition and win awards for its delicious combination of sharply drawn characters, bold social commentary, and brilliantly funny wordplay.

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