Age Advice: 5 - 8

Monosmou was a play devised with Theatre Centre in 1981. Theatre Centre toured the production to schools, where it was presented to audiences of 5 to 8 year olds.

Joanna, a young Greek Cypriot from Paphos, has moved to London with her grandfather and her mother – her father is still living in Cyprus. She meets Cruncher Bones, the local bully, and her sidekick, Eric Grey, when she comes to the lock gates by the old canal to float a letter across the sea to her father. Cruncer considers the ground by the lock to be her place and does not take kindly to Joanna’s intrusion. By a series of insults and threats, Cruncher attempts to destroy Joanna’s “Greekness”. Joanna, however, is encouraged by Eric and Conrad (an old Polish sea-captain) to rediscover and celebrate her cultural roots. Using objects found by the lock (an old tarpaulin, a broomstick etc.) Joanna acts out a story from her native land. Through this story we see Joanna regain her self-respect.


Ian Blower
Chris Larner
Janice Mckenzie
Sonia Meller

Creative Team

Writer: Devised​
Director: Geoff Bullen
Designer: Marilyn Bullen

The information on this page has been gathered from archive materials and is incomplete. Do you have more information about this play, or were you involved in its production? Let us know by leaving a comment below or contacting us.

A copy of the script is held in Theatre Centre’s archive.

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