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Matchstalk Man follows 90 frenetic minutes in the disintegrating lives of four small-time drug-dealers as they play desperate games to find out which of them has stolen £475,000 -the booty from the sale of an accidentally discovered "crack mountain". Led by a psychotic pyromaniac who has just torched the local town centre while out of his head, his bimbo girlfriend with hidden strengths, and two Scots, a nymphomaniac Hard Woman with a neat line in unverifiable stories and a young man with an advanced death wish the play veers with Ortonesque energy from black laughter to sickening violence. A gruesome comedy set on the edge of contemporary drug culture had it's world premiere at the 1998 Edinburgh Fringe in the acclaimed Bedlam Theatre. Matchstalk Man received its London debut at the Tristan Bates theatre in the west end in June 1999.


"Wading into post-Tarantino territory, Woods gives us a drug dealing "family" holed up in a dilapidated industrial park warehouse. Director Alexander Holt's production suggests Shallow Grave shifted to a building site." Donald Hutera - The Scotsman

"Billy Woods' new play manages the switch from bleak reality to black comic book humour well, and its four actors have energy to burn. Matchstalk Man succeeds where many new plays fail: by the end you care about what happens to these four people. Gruesome but compelling. Friends this is not." Graham Dickson - The List


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