Stories From Northern Britain

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Stories From Northern Britain

Mark Hannah

Stories From Northern Britain is a one-man play I'm in the process of writing in relation to contemporary life in central belt Scotland. Although the play as a whole is incomplete, the values of "honouring elders", "true friendship" and "sense of belonging" really are central to this story. The main character is in his very early 20’s and the friendship he strikes up with his elderly colleague in their supermarket job is heartfelt; born out of respect, humour but tragedy, too. The parallels between them of being in the same old town in the same old job are very strong despite their huge differences in age and life experience. Elderly Tam's ideas and influences in the local community and society rub off a lot on the play’s younger protagonist. The loyalty they have to each other is proven yet also tested through times of grief for Tam and times of potential violence as well. Tam really is idolised by the young man who is increasingly disillusioned by youth culture and the friends of his own age. Together as colleagues and comrades they navigate their way through life striving for something bigger and something better.

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