Finalist 2017-18

Fiona Doyle

Play: The Strange Death of John Doe



Synopsis: London. Now. A young man is found face-down on a suburban street with fatal head injuries. Nobody knows who he is or where he came from. As a police investigation begins, the body is taken to the morgue where pathologists label him a ‘John Doe.’
The Strange Death of John Doe is an epic journey across space and time as the lives of numerous strangers collide in their search for answers. It’s inspired by real events.

Cast Breakdown: A cast of 8 actors playing multiple roles. At times, some of the cast play a masked chorus of morticians, moving fluidly between the chorus and their characters.

Set/Costume Requirements: Workshop last year at Hampstead Theatre developed a stage language for the production. Although the play spans different times and locations, it is firmly set in a working mortuary in London out of which grow all other scenes - like a lyrical poem. For example, the perimeter fence of the Quatro de Fevereiro Airport might be created by raising the side bars on the body trays, giving us the sense that the different worlds within the play are separate and yet somehow also connected. Movement, transitions, lighting and sound are as important as the dialogue.


Agent: Camilla Young at Curtis Brown

Play Service: Published By Nick Hern Books (Upcoming)

Bio: Fiona Doyle completed the John Burgess Playwriting Course in 2012. Her work in theatre includes Coolatully (winner of the 2014 Papatango New Writing Prize) at the Finborough Theatre in London and for Mead Theatre Lab in Washington DC; Deluge (winner of the 2014 Eamon Keane Full-Length Play Award) at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs; and Ms Y (short) as part of the Young Vic’s Five Plays. Fiona has been the recipient of the Irish Theatre Institute’s Phelim Donlon Playwright’s Bursary and Residency Award in association with the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, a Cill Rialaig Artist residency, a Peggy Ramsay Foundation grant, and has recently been awarded a Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony for their 2018 Winter/Spring season. She has been on attachment at the National Theatre Studio and is currently under commission to Hampstead Theatre and NT Connections 2018. Her plays are published by Nick Hern Books.