Plague ’78

by David Holman


Age Advice: 13+

Plague ’78 was a play written for Theatre Centre by David Holman in 1978. It was presented to an audience of 14 to 18 year olds.

This is the story of an agricultural labourer named Alf Smith who is overworked by his boss, when the pressures of this lead him to accidentally tip pesticide into the local river. This results in a poisonous reaction with the effluent, which causes Alf and others to fall dangerously and mysteriously ill. His daughter, Jackie, already perturbed by the decay of the river, discovers the truth about what has happened and takes drastic action to destroy the store of pesticides.


(Five actors)

Creative Team

Writer: David Holman

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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