The Key

by Brian Way


Age Advice: Grades 5 - 6

The Key was first produced by Theatre Centre in 1967. As the third play in a trilogy on the theme of a “key”, it was written and directed by the author for presentation to children in schools and was toured throughout the British Isles for a year.

Lucy is a member of the Randall family. They’ve lived in the same community since time began, and perhaps the audience has too – they take part in the play, becoming groups (families) themselves. The community has had no rain for over two years, and the desert that surrounds it is slowly creeping in. Within a few weeks everyone will be dead if something isn’t done now, but the decision about what needs to be made as a community.


(Two men and two women)

Mrs Randall

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 haven't been with us very long, Clive. We don't know where you came from and we try not to ask too many questions."

Mrs Randall

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