homes and gardens: update April 2019.

While My name is Tom was a major part of the company’s work, I haven’t stopped writing and my latest play is called homes and gardens (2016).

It is inspired by Guisborough – born Robert Holman’s   anti war trilogy – Making Noise Quietly…

A conscientious objector and a roaming artist find tenderness as the carnage of World War II unfolds across the Channel and doodlebugs explode in the meadow. A bereaved mother struggles with bitterness and love in recollecting her estranged son, lost in the Falklands. Deep in the Black Forest, an ageing holocaust survivor seeks to bring peace to disturbed young boy and his equally wild step-father. A delicately poetic triptych of plays, Holman’s seminal work paints a very human picture of the subtly devastating effects of war and examines the bonds of suffering shared by us all.


I have used Holman’s idea of three different time periods  and locations to explore both global and personal issues and narratives as follows 1968: Paris – Revolution. 1988: New Jersey – Waste and 2008: Cornwall – Eclipse.

Papatango feedback…

Thank you for the opportunity to read your play. It is an ambitious play set across three different time periods separated by 20 years each and featuring 5 multi-rolling parts. The direct address means that characters are introduced clearly, often with humour, and it is a useful way to engage an audience with the subjects, but sometimes the writing’s verbal dexterity and ambition can cloud the drama. Similarly, structurally it doesn’t quite hang together and the writer needs to do more to connect the three acts – what is the writer trying to say by bringing together these three different time periods? It’s an intriguing and engaging play, and with just a few clarifications the potential could really be unlocked. We wish you all the best with it.

Update 2020:

Several rewrites later and submissions and a competition, didn’t bring the play recognition. Another rewrite is on the cards 2021!!