Luke Butcher

Theoretical Physicist and Sometimes Playwright

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A few years ago, I wrote a surreal dark comedy play called Prollix. The play garnered interest from the Soho Theatre and the BBC, won me a place on the Marlowe masterclass, and was runner up in the Footlights' Harry Porter Prize. Despite this, it has never been performed in its entirity.

Praise for Prollix: "Prollix is very enjoyable, not least for its extreme density. Each episode has an intense, realist but anarchic tone. The trick is that everything should be taken seriously. And then that seriousness self-destructs by virtue of its seriousness. So an overlapping pattern of absurdity builds up beneath a surface of straight-facedness. It's a bit like reading Borges." — Mike Newell

In my spare time I have been working on a second play: Blank. It tells the story of a charismatic amnesiac and the last city on Earth.