by  David Judge

Monologues  /  1m

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“He’s got two dads, my lad. One’s black. That makes him black. I suppose.”

Manchester, 1983. Dave loves Rod Stewart, Joanne and his Ford Capri. He’s all set for a new start. Only Joanne’s about to have someone else’s baby. Is Dave ready to become a dad even though he’s not the father?

A punchy and poetic exploration of family, race, identity and love, SparkPlug is the story of a white man who becomes the adoptive father, mother and best friend of a mixed-race child, David. Inspired by autobiographical events and exploring the playwright’s background as an actor and spoken word artist, SparkPlug is a lyrical and energetic monologue that examines what family means in today’s society.

Finalist for Alfred Fagon Award Best New Play of the Year 2017

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"This play is 80 minutes of pain, happiness and anger... This play is outstanding from start to finish." - A Younger Theatre, Read more

'moving autobiographical monologue’ - The Stage, Read more


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David Judge

David Judge is an actor, poet and playwright from Manchester. His dual heritage and working-class roots sit at the centre of his work and his visceral, vibrant, lyrical and urgent voice asks valuable questions about identity, community and loyalty in Britain today. David trained as an actor at E15 Acting school and wi ...

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