One-Sided Triangle

by  Stephen Smith

Short Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f

Mike offers Brian money to courier heroin from Thailand to London. Brian needs the money but is aware it means the death penalty if he's caught and goes for a walk to it think over. Meanwhile, the true nature of the game is revealed and the ending is…

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One-Sided Triangle

by  Stephen Smith

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    2m, 1f
  • Duration


    40 minutes
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    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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In Northern Thailand, a region of enchantment and vice, Mike and Brian are waiting for Sarah. She is to bring a new passport for Mike to escape the country. But as soon as Mike has the passport, he seems reluctant to leave - and even more reluctant to pay. Instead, he wants Brian to courier heroin for him to London. Brian needs the financial reward offered, but his flight would go via Singapore where the death penalty awaits those who are caught. Sarah urges him not to accept. Brian goes for a walk to think over his decision. During his absence, the true nature of the game is revealed, and the ending is sad and profound, its implications set to reverberate long after Brian`s fate becomes known.

A powerful and tense three hander based on the author`s research while living in Thailand. Although written in the early nineties it is still topical today with themes of greed. morality and do the ends justify the means. Having made his name as a comedy writer this was the first of the author`s equally successful thrillers.

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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: An hotel garden
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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2m, 1f
M2 (young, middle-age) F1 (30s)
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Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith started writing plays in 1985 and has so far had sixteen published. He either directs or appears in every play and has won numerous Best New Play Awards. His plays have been produced not only throughout the UK but in many overseas countries as well with Parentcaft translated into ...

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First performed on March 13th 1992 in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire and directed by the author. Subsequently won Best New Play at the Letchworth Drama Festival.

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