Sufficient Carbohydrate

by  Dennis Potter

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 2f

This was Potter's first original stage play.

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Sufficient Carbohydrate

by  Dennis Potter

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

A British businessman and his American counterpart take a holiday with their wives on a Greek island. They are both employed by the same multi-national food processing company. The play explores the competitive relationship which develops between the two men. Barker, the older man, has allowed his family business to be taken over by the American-owned multi-national, Greenace. Vosper is his senior colleague. Potter uses the scenario to express his long-standing aversion to the inroads which global American commercial culture makes on other cultures, England's in particular. (Compare this with Potter's polemical writings in The Glittering Coffin and The Changing Forest
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Tours


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A Greek Island, holiday resort.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


3m, 2f

Jack Barker

Eddie Vosper

Elizabeth Barker

Lucy Vosper

Clayton Vosper

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Dennis Potter

Dennis Potter

 Hampstead Theatre, Swiss Cottage Centre, London on 7th December 1983. It transferred to the Albery Theatre on 31st January 1984.

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