The Island – Play 1

by Brian Way


Age Advice: Grades 4 - 6

The Island, Play 1 was first produced by Theatre Centre in 1968. As the first play based on an “island” theme, it was written and directed by Brian Way.

The play opens: There are a few military calls off – shouts of command. During these, the Headman sits listening. Some very strong internal agitation; calm exterior; an arrogant humility born of confidence; stillness. He hears a voice from off: “I shall see the Headman at once.” He is joined by Colonel Adamson, soldier, diplomat; dedicated to both. They face each other in silence; the Headman makes the slightest bow.


(Two men, two women)

Colonal Adamson

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.

A note on the “island” plays: The copy held by the British Library is entitled The Island, and makes no allusion to being the first of a trilogy – however, there are two other Island plays. The Island, Play 2 was written by James Brewer and Roger Watkins. The Island, Play 3 was written by Brian Way, and uses the same cast of characters as The Island play presented here (tentatively marked The Island, Play 1).

"Lies. Thousands of islands are occupied by mighty forces as you have occupied us. You will never leave. We shall be too valuable to you as part of some permanent defence scheme."


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