Strange Encounters

by Christopher Denys

1978

Age Advice: 9 - 13

Strange Encounters was commissioned and produced by Theatre Centre in 1978. Written by Christopher Denys, it was particularly targeted at audience members aged 9-13 years old and dealt with the theme of prejudice.

This is the story of a man named Billy Rees who’s home lies within the island of Craigorme. It is an important day for this poor and bleak island as a new oil refinery, which will bring prosperity to the people, is to be opened. However, before anything happens, Billy is visited by a strange figure (the real watcher of Craigorme) who shows him a time when life on the island was hard but simple.Billy then understands that destroying the islands natural heritage is not a price he is willing to pay for prosperity. He manages to slow down the tankers approach just in time, so it does not destroy the island, however the explosion ensures that the inhabitants begin a slow process of rebuilding and understanding the need to proceed with care.

Characters

Billy Rees
Billy’s Aunt Gwen
Patterson
The Strange Figure
Islanders

Creative Team

Writer: Christopher Denys

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

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