Donny’s Brain

Play title:  Donny’s Brain

Author (s):  Rona Munro

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

Publication Date: 2012

Funder: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

https://sloan.org/programs/public-understanding/theater

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Neuroscience 

Secondary Discipline: Psychology

Character Breakdown:

Donny – As a result of a car crash, Donny wakes up unable to remember the past three years of his live

Emma – Donny’s partner

Trish – Donny’s ‘other partner’

Flea – Emma’s daughter

Al – Donny’s doctor

Setting: England

Time Period: Contemporary

Synopsis of Play: Donny wakes in hospital, unable to recall the car accident, confused because the love of his life, Emma, isn’t at his bedside… and unable to recognise the strange woman in the room who can’t stop weeping. In Rona Munro’s funny and poignant love story, Donny might get a second chance to follow his heart – if only his head will let him.

(Synopsis provided by Hampstead Theatre)

First Performance Date: September 22nd, 2012

First Producer: Traverse Theatre and The Peter Wolff Trust

Performance History:  Donny’s Brain was first shown as a reading at the Hampstead Theatre in London in 2012, but had its world premiere at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh April 2020. Most recently this show has been produced and performed through L.A. Theatre Works ‘Relativity’ series, an audio theatre experience. This audio performance can be listened to for free through the L.A. Theatre Works Relativity site (https://latw.org/relativity-series).

Links:

https://latw.org/title/donnys-brain

https://www.thestage.co.uk/features/the-empty-space-what-should-have-opened-this-week–donnys-brain

https://www.broadwayworld.com/scotland/article/Traverse-Theatre-Announces-Full-Cast-And-Creative-Team-For-DONNYS-BRAIN-20200206

http://www.hampsteadtheatre.co.uk/news/2012/10/a-cup-of-tea-with-donnys-brain-actor-ryan-early/

https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/news/2012/10/donnys-brain-what-the-audience-thinks/

https://www.traverse.co.uk/news/traverse-theatre-announces-full-cast-for-the-world-premiere-production-of-rona-munros-donnys-brain

https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/news/2012/08/the-peter-wolff-trust-a-tribute/

Entered by: Anna Galanides 

Photo/Visual Research with citations

Donny’s Brain – Rona Munro – Hampstead Downstairs – 22 September 2012 Cast includes: Ryan Early, Siobhan Hewlett, Emily Joyce, Skye Lourie, Nikesh Patel Director: Anna Ledwich Designer: Andrew D Edwards Lighting: David Holmes Sound: Sarah Weltman
Donny’s Brain – Rona Munro – Hampstead Downstairs – 22 September 2012 Cast includes: Ryan Early, Siobhan Hewlett, Emily Joyce, Skye Lourie, Nikesh Patel Director: Anna Ledwich Designer: Andrew D Edwards Lighting: David Holmes Sound: Sarah Weltman
Donny’s Brain – Rona Munro – Hampstead Downstairs – 22 September 2012 Cast includes: Ryan Early, Siobhan Hewlett, Emily Joyce, Skye Lourie, Nikesh Patel Director: Anna Ledwich Designer: Andrew D Edwards Lighting: David Holmes Sound: Sarah Weltman
Donny’s Brain – Rona Munro – Hampstead Downstairs – 22 September 2012 Cast includes: Ryan Early, Siobhan Hewlett, Emily Joyce, Skye Lourie, Nikesh Patel Director: Anna Ledwich Designer: Andrew D Edwards Lighting: David Holmes Sound: Sarah Weltman
Donny’s Brain – Rona Munro – Hampstead Downstairs – 22 September 2012 Cast includes: Ryan Early, Siobhan Hewlett, Emily Joyce, Skye Lourie, Nikesh Patel Director: Anna Ledwich Designer: Andrew D Edwards Lighting: David Holmes Sound: Sarah Weltman

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