Nottingham, 1998. Nineteen-year-old Mark is living a life he never signed up to. Caring for his broken mum and her baby and desperately trying to find his place in a world that doesn’t want him, Mark knows he needs to make a decision that could change his life forever. But how far will he go?

Joe Doherty in Bones

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My first play, Bones, previewed in 2010 as part of Exposure – a night of new writing in Derby. Produced by Fifth Word and directed by Esther RichardsonBones was well received and Fifth Word went on to take the play to Edinburgh in 2011.

Bones received critical acclaim at the Fringe and played to sold out houses for the last week of the run.

It was selected as a ‘Must See’ by The Stage and actor Joe Doherty was nominated for a Stage Award for Acting Excellence for his performance as Mark.

Here’s what people had to say about Bones:

One of the most gripping solo shows on the Fringe.
The Stage
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Storytelling to perfection, the performance of this shockingly realistic script – ever more pertinent in the light of recent riots – left me agape in wide-eyed awe.
Three Weeks
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Bones is ultimately an intense, unsettling and very rewarding piece.
The List
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… one of the Fringe’s most prescient plays on modern Britain… believable, powerful and quite genuinely heartbreaking.
Fest Magazine
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(The character of) Mark is engaging, intriguing, fascinating – I want to know his story. Jane Upton is a name to look out for.
Mark Ravenhill, Playwright

Following its success in Edinburgh, Bones went on to tour 19 venues across the UK in autumn 2012. See the tour page for more information.

Watch a backstage video about Bones at Edinburgh