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|Written by||Jim Cartwright|
|Place premiered|| Royal Court Theatre Upstairs|
|Subject||Thatcher's Britain, Unemployment|
|Setting||1980s, A town in Northern England|
The play explores the lives of the people in a deprived, working class area of Lancashire during the government of Margaret Thatcher, a time of high unemployment in the north of England. Despite its explicit nature, it was considered extremely effective in portraying the desperation of people's lives at this time, as well as containing a great deal of humour. The play won a number of awards and was voted the 36th best play of the 20th century in a poll by the Royal National Theatre. Set on a road on a busy night, the audience delve into the houses on the street and the characters' lives.
The play is often performed on a promenade, allowing the audience to follow the narrator (Scullery) along the road and visit different sets and the different homes of the characters. After the initial performance at the Royal Court Theatre "Upstairs", with Edward Tudor-Pole as Scullery, the play moved "Downstairs" in 1987 with Ian Dury as the narrator.
- Cartwright, Jim (1986). Road. Methuen. ISBN 978-0413145505.
- Balls, Richard (2000). Sex & Drugs & Rock'N'Roll: The Life of Ian Dury (1st ed.). London: Omnibus Press. pp. 264–6. ISBN 0-7119-8644-4.
- Rich, Frank (29 July 1988). "Review/Theater; A 'Road' to Lives That Go Nowhere". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
- Allfree, Claire (29 July 2017). "Road is a hard, occasionally transcendent evening and also a gauntlet to modern playwrights – Royal Court, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 February 2019.