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One Way Out

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  4m

Can we determine our fate? Or do we only have one way out? When young men from London finally are open to the independent world, what challenges do they face and how do they overcome them?

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4m
  • Duration
    Duration
    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! 2023 Untapped Awards
    Nominee: 2023 OffFest

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Summary
Can we determine our fate? Or do we only have one way out? When young men from London finally are open to the independent world, what challenges do they face and how do they overcome them? “I feel like we live in fear. Fear of being our true selves. It's generations of conditioning”. As they face physical and mental challenges, their bond – or lack of it – sets the course for how their individual lives will go on.
History
One Way Out premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on 3 August 2023.
Cast Attributes
DEVONTE – Eighteen, leader, Black, Jamaican. Playing age sixteen to eighteen, confident, troublesome. Impulsive.
TUNDE – Seventeen, Devonte’s best friend, intelligent, black, Nigerian. Playing age sixteen to eighteen, shy, traditional.
PAUL – Seventeen, cockney, independent, Tunde’s friend, English. Playing age sixteen to eighteen, laid back, nurturing. Also plays IMMIGRATION OFFICER.
SALIM – Eighteen, joker. Easily influenced, Muslim. From outside London, North African or South Asian. Playing age sixteen to eighteen, class clown. Actor must be of a Muslim background. Please adapt the text based on the actor’s ethnicity.
  • Time Period Contemporary, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Setting St Thomas Cathedral Sixth Form College.
    Adventure Youth Club.
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Duration 60 minutes (1 hour)

Media

“A poignant tale of resilience and resistance.” – Fest

“Bounding with unmitigated energy and cheeky sensibilities.” – Broadway Baby

“A haunting Windrush drama beneath teenage banter.” – The Guardian

“The heart of One Way Out is the endlessly endearing way the four boys relate to each other, joshing, romping, dancing and laughing their way through life and finally finding the courage to stand up for their friend in trouble.” – The Reviews Hub

“An energetic yet hard-hitting look at broken Britain through the eyes of four young men arriving at a key crossroads.” – To Do List

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Authors

Montel Douglas

Montel Douglas is a playwright & actor from London.

Douglas trained as an actor at Identity Drama School, Drama St Mary’s Twickenham & Theatre Peckham Rep 2019.

One Way Out is his debut play. One Way Out has been supported by Talawa Theatre’s introduction to playwriting ...

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