This Much (or An Act of Violence Towards the Institution of Marriage)

Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m

“I feel like I leapt off a long time ago and everyone else is gaining traction and I’m just floating away.”

This Much (or An Act of Violence Towards the Institution of Marriage)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
  • Duration
    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre
    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience



Gar can’t decide between the man who plays games and the man on one knee with a ring. In fact, Gar can’t decide on anything because every choice seems like a compromise. Everyone wants answers but nothing lives up to the image he has in his head. Facades start crumbling as his world implodes around him but Gar just wants to dance with his friends.

This Much (or An Act of Violence Towards the Institution of Marriage) is a play about how we define ourselves; through objects, clothes, traditions and other people.


This Much premiered at ZOO venues at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 and subsequently transferred to the Soho Theatre, London in June 2016. It was produced by Nik Holttum Productions and Moving Dust.

Cast Attributes
  • Time Period Contemporary, Present Day
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Additional Features No intermission
  • Duration 75 Minutes
  • Cautions
    • Nudity/Partial Nudity


★★★★ “Deeply moving... provocative and stimulating.” – The Scotsman

★★★★ “Raw, uncompromising and very beautiful, it's also hilarious – the kind of skilful play that sneaks in unannounced to the fringe, leaving vapour trails of brilliance in its wake.” – The List

★★★★ “Rich and considered writing... smart, sensitive and strongly performed.” – The Stage

★★★★ “A daring emotional three-way... thrilling yet intimate.” – To Do List

★★★★ “A probing piece comfortable in the ambiguities it raises.” – Fest

★★★★ “A brave piece... something special.” – Scotsgay

★★★★ “Fast-paced, intense and powerful... exceptionally well-written and well-performed.” – Broadway Baby

★★★★ “Elegantly threaded through with ideas of freedom and obligation.” – Exeunt Magazine

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John Fitzpatrick

John Fitzpatrick is a graduate of the BA Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and the writers’ programme at the Royal Court.

He was nominated for a BAFTA and a BIFA for co-writing the short film Wren Boys. The film screened in competition at LFF, Sundance, SXSW ...

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