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By James Rushbrooke
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848425163, 96 pages, October 2015


  • Winner, Papatango New Writing Prize 2015


In the not-too-distant future, the world is better than ever. Diseases and disorders have been wiped out. But Jess doesn't belong. She slipped through the net and there's something dangerous in her DNA, something that must be 'cured'. Charlie is watching Jess. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep society safe.

As debate over genetic screening rages, Tomcatasks how far will we go to keep humanity healthy? When you can learn everything about a person from a computer screen, is there anything left to discover?

Tomcat by James Rushbrooke was the winner of the 2015 Papatango New Writing Prize in association with Southwark Playhouse, London, where it premiered in October 2015.


"A good, taut, intelligent 90-minute play that raises all manner of questions. " —Guardian

"Exerts a real grip. " —The Stage