The Wire: Lucy Island

by Laura Lomas

A powerful piece of new writing by one of Britain's most promising new playwrights in which a grieving young woman transforms herself and her community.


Lucy - Georgia Groome

David - Joe Dempsie

Dianne - Esther Coles

Phil - Tony Bell

Vicky - Sophie Ellerby

Amy - Keely Beresford

Directed by Marc Beeby


Laura Lomas is from Derby.

She studied English at the University of Nottingham and completed an MPhil in Playwriting at Birmingham University in 2008.

She has worked with the Royal Court and BBC writersroom on the 50 and 24 degrees projects, and has had rehearsed readings at Nottingham Playhouse and the Royal Court.

Her first play Wasteland was produced by New Perspectives in April last year.

Since then, her plays include Traces (Paines Plough, Lattitude Festival), 10,000 Metres Deep (Paines Plough and Oran Mor Theatre) and Us Like Gods (Hampstead Theatre Heat and Light).

She is currently one of six writers on attachment with Paines Plough's Future Perfect Scheme.


Lucy Island features a top notch cast including GEORGIA GROOME (Tusk Tusk, London to Brighton, Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging) as Lucy, JOE DEMPSIE (The Damned United, Merlin, Doctor Who, Listen to the Words) as David and Esther Coles (Titty Bang Bang, Doctors, Shameless) as Dianne.

New play by Laura Lomas.

A grieving young woman transforms herself and her community.


Lucy Island wants to be hard and dry like a desert.

But in getting her wish, she transforms her community.

Lucy, sixteen and angry, lives in Matlock in the heart of the Derwent Valley.

Her father died on the night of the 'Illuminations' - a local festival - nearly a year ago.

He killed himself.

She loved him and is having trouble coming to terms with his death, his betrayal.

Lucy lives with her Mum, Dianne, Dianne is a warm and vibrant woman, deeply wounded by her husband's death.

She drinks like a fish and smokes like she's breathing.

She loves her daughter but doesn't understand her.

Dad's caravan - the place where he killed himself - sits at the bottom of their garden, a constant reminder of his absence, but also a source of solace to the grieving Lucy, who spends a lot of time on her own - in the caravan and in the countryside.

She is tuned into the rhythm of the land, likes to listen to the wind from the top of Black Rocks, or the river, swollen, where it meets the cliffs in a storm.

This is her landscape.

But Lucy is increasingly lost.

She blames her Mum for her Father's suicide, and is hostile to her schoolmates - an attitude that attracts bullying.

Her only comfort is the time she spends with her friend David on Black Rocks.

But David has troubles of his own as he struggled to cope with a father traumatised by war experiences.

When Lucy is brutally attacked by two girls from school and David - who has had to deal with his father's increasingly disturbing panic attacks - inadvertently rejects her, Lucy retreats inside herself.

She will toughen up.

She needs to be hard and dry like a desert island.

She will stop drinking - if you don't drink then there's no water in you, and if there's no water, there are no tears.

As Lucy's body dries, the world around her changes.

Her skin splits and flakes, her throat rasps and the colour is drained from her.

As she begins to wither, so does the landscape: the canals empty, the football pitches crack and the goalposts rust, the concrete splits and the land is bleached of colour, and the Derwent dries up.

It is October and Matlock is getting ready for this year's Illuminations - a display of fire works and illuminated floats along the river - but now it appears that the people of Matlock will have to pull their floats along the dry river bed.

Dianne can see what is happening to her daughter.

In an attempt to end Lucy's grief, Dianne torches Dad's caravan.

For Lucy, this is the final straw.

She retreats to Black Rocks.

David is there.

But something has happened to him.

He is different.

For the first time, Lucy sees him as he really is - sees someone else in pain.

And at that moment, it begins to rain.