On Trial

by Brian Way


Age Advice: Grades 4 - 6

On Trial was first produced by Theatre Centre in 1973. It was written and directed by the author and toured throughout the British Isles for a year.

A man walks alone, his wrists bound behind him: his heart and mind burdened with anxiety and uncertainty and fear. His spirit alone is undaunted. To him come masked accusers who point at him with terrible certainty: “Guilty.”

A young man is accused of causing the death of several people by leading them on a dangerous expedition. His defence takes the form of re-enacting the whole adventure:- of how a community is threatened by an epidemic which can only be cured by the use of certain herbs; an expedition sets out to find the herbs and is involved in a long and arduous journey, from which only a few return.


(Two men and two women)

1st, 2nd & 3rd Mask

Creative Team

Writer: Brian Way
Director: Brian Way

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 by the British Library.

"You tried to lead us back a different way. If you had led us all the shortest route, followed David's path, crossed the ravine, can you then say for sure the tribesmen would have caught us?"


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