“Noelle is desperate for cash to score some drugs. She’s set up a date for kinky sex with a john who likes to watch her with someone else, but the trouble is all her usual partners are busy. Then her long-lost bisexual brother, Chris, walks through the door and Noelle gets to thinking… Blood is certainly funny, but it is actually a potent drama about the impossibility of moral certainties and the possibilities of love. If Noelle is willing to have sex with her own brother, then Chris in his turn is willing to fulfill a lifelong incestuous fantasy. Walmsley follows this pair into a moral swamp in which, when not trying to drown each other or themselves, they struggle for salvation. In a tightly-wound two-act script that makes Sam Shepard look like Neil Simon, they engage in spiraling negotiations over drugs, sex, power, love, and death.” —The Globe and Mail
About the Author
Tom Walmsley has made a powerful impact on Canadian theatre with such brutally naturalistic plays as The Jones Boy, Something Red, and the comedy White Boys, which won a Chalmers Award. His work often describes an urban subculture self-victimized by violence, drugs and alcohol. Walmsley’s other plays include 3 Squares a Day, an absurdist satire of the pseudo-religious political right, and Blood, an unflinching drama about a brother and sister. Walmsley also writes screenplays, and is the author of the novels Dr. Tin, Shades, and Dog Eat Rat.