THE WHIP HAND
The Whip Hand is a new play by Scottish playwright Douglas Maxwell commissioned by the National Theatre of Scotland. It was co-produced by Birmingham REP and Traverse Theatre.
I’m never gonnie be Napoleon. Am I?
But shouldn’t I try and do something a wee bit bigger?
It’s Dougie’s birthday. He just turned 50 and his family are throwing him a party. But it’s he who has a surprise for them. A bombshell proposal. He wants his ex-wife Arlene to back his new endeavour. He wants to serve a good cause, a global cause. He wants to make right a terrible wrong, even if it puts their daughter’s future at risk. They can all sense a scam, but Dougie won’t back down. He is convinced this is his only chance to do something truly glorious, but his motivation may not be as pure as it seems. As the touchpaper under his family is lit, no one escapes the fallout.
Written by Douglas Maxwell (Decky Does a Bronco, Promises Promises) The Whip Hand is an explosive new play about power, privilege, blood ties and our inescapable past, directed by Birmingham Rep Associate Director Tessa Walker.
I worked as sound designer on this project. The play opened at the Traverse as part of their Edinburgh Festival programme and The British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase from 03-27 August 2017 then at The Door, Birmingham REP from 5 – 16 September 2017.