Hitting Town

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Hitting Town is a one-act play, with several scenes, by Stephen Poliakoff (1952-)[1]]. **

The original text

The short play follows a brother and sister's wild night of drug and alcohol, ultimately leading to incest.

Written and first performed in 1976, published as an acting edition by Samuel French Ltd (1977), then as Hitting Town and City Sugar by Eyre Methuen, London (1978), as Hitting Town, City Sugar in the Heinemann Modern Plays series (Heinemann, 1988) and in Poliakoff Plays: 1 (Methuen Drama, 1990)

Translations and adaptations

Adapted for TV by the author in 1976 for Thames Television/ITV Play for Britain.

Performances in South Africa

1979: Staged in The Rehearsal Room at The Space (Cape Town), opening 17 January. Directed by Brian Astbury with Carlos da Silva, Caroline Newby, Duarte Sylwain and Leslee Udwin The stage manager was Shauna Johnson.

1979: Staged at the Grahamstown Festival, directed by Andrew Buckland with Tom Holmes, **. The play was subsequently banned by the South African Publications Board.


Brian Astbury, 1979

E-mail correspondence with Tom Holmes, 19 December 2015.

Derryn Deavin, "Actor for the moment" in The Argus Tonight, May 29 1980: p.7.

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