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Evil Doers, The

  • Chris Hannan
  • Full Length Play, Drama, 1980s
  • 2M, 5F
  • ISBN: NHB-11536

Chris Hannan's play The Evil Doers is a chaotic, violent, comic odyssey through the dismal streets of 1980s Glasgow.

  • Full Length Play
  • Drama

  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult
  • Set Requirements: Bare Stage/Simple Set

  • Performance Group:
  • College Theatre / Student, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Tracky is a teenage heavy metal fan with life issues. Her mother's an alcoholic. Her father's a taxi driver with delusions of becoming a tour guide. Now they're being pursued by a loanshark. None of this is going to end well...

Chris Hannan's play The Evil Doers is a chaotic, violent, comic odyssey through the dismal streets of 1980s Glasgow.

"An alcoholic is not someone who drinks too much; an alcoholic is an emotional whirlwind, a destructive force which tears up everything in his or her path, and then passes, disappears, utterly unaware of the devastation caused. The Evil Doers is about the whirlwind and those in its path." -Chris Hannan

First produced at the Bush Theatre, London, in August 1990, The Evil Doers won a Time Out Award, a Plays and Players' Critics Award, and that year's Charrington London Fringe Award for Best Play.


"Uproariously funny... Hannan has a sharp eye for flaky characterisation and a wonderful ear for quirky vernacular dialogue, a sawn-off language of violent verbal collisions, like a pile-up on the motorway... We never quite stop laughing but it becomes increasingly painful to do so, and I suspect that no-one will be able to watch the bruising final scene without physically flinching."


"A gorgeously enjoyable play. As in the comedies of Ben Jonson and Middleton, the hunt for money gives the play its structure. Like Jonson and Middleton also, Hannan owns a penetrating eye for tricks of character and an equally sharp ear... A world of uncertain egos where the characters bounce off each other like bumper cars, powered by sources beyond their control."

 The Times

"A vicious and idiosyncratic Glaswegian city comedy."


"The verve, the iconoclastic humour is tremendous, each character brilliantly personalised."


"Extraordinary free-ranging vitality."

 Independent on Sunday

"No plot description can explain the beauty, warmth and poetic energy of Chris Hannan's The Evil Doers. In its generosity of attention, its expansiveness and richness, in the scale of its emotional intensities, it is as broad as a city itself. It is a modern masterpiece."

 Encore Theatre Magazine

Premiere Production: Bush Theatre, London, 1990.
  • Casting: 2M, 5F
  • Casting Attributes: Good role(s) for female performers