“a cleverly wrought dramatic conceit” – The Bush Theatre
“an exciting, thought-provoking and accomplished piece of new writing” – The Royal Court
Hilarious to those who can take it,
‘Playtime’ is an experimental darkly comic psychological drama/musical
set in a therapist’s office. The team first previewed the work as a
straight play, before it was transformed into a play with music in 2012,
playing at Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham. ‘Playtime’ concerns the
story of a young man with depression/personality disorder who, in
desperation, seeks help from a mysterious therapist with questionable
ethics. As the story progresses, the therapist’s comments become
increasingly disturbed and the play culminates in an explosive showdown.
Written and Directed by Patrick McConnell, with original music by Tom Ashbrook.
"Playtime" was transformed into a feature length film "Happy Little Bunnies", completed in 2020. Currently available for touring.