|About the Book|
Tommy Anderson was born in a prison, and he died in one too. The last moments of his life are recorded on CCTV, and yet no one can answer the simple question: whose fault was it? His mother Anne blames Marcus, the guard who was supposed to be lookingMoreTommy Anderson was born in a prison, and he died in one too. The last moments of his life are recorded on CCTV, and yet no one can answer the simple question: whose fault was it? His mother Anne blames Marcus, the guard who was supposed to be looking after him. Marcus, acquitted by the courts but tormented by his part in Tommys death, wants the family’s social worker to admit to the role she played. And social worker Sue can’t work out when it was she stopped caring.Piecing together a boy’s life and death in care, Carthage asks who should raise our children when the systems designed to protect them can be as abusive as the situations from which they were rescued.A highly promising first play. - GuardianChris Thompson’s muscular debut play is a drama keenly concerned with questions of responsibility.... The characters are nicely developed, and there’s a vein of worldly wit in the writing.” – Evening StandardRefreshingly honest and rewarding. - Public ReviewsFirst-time playwright Chris Thompson works as a social worker. Over the last ten years, he has worked with young people in care, young offenders and in child protection, and currently works in young people’s sexual health in the NHS. Writing with honesty and humor, he confronts the big question that has haunted him his entire social work career: “What good did I actually do?” Chris Thompson is a Playwright on Attachment at the Finborough Theatre which premiered an earlier version of Carthage as part of 2013s Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, the Finborough Theatres annual festival of new writing. He was invited to take part in the Royal Court Theatre’s most recent Studio Writers’ Group.