Tom Walmsley’s The Jones Boy and Something Red influenced a generation of playwrights, and transformed Canadian theatre as we know it. In Something Red, Bobby and Christine live downstairs from their friends Alex and Elizabeth. Bobby, a poet with a shady past, is afraid to leave the apartment. His girlfriend, who’s stuck in a dead-end job, struggles with her own demons. Alex, who was once Bobby’s partner in crime, wants to settle down. But when it’s revealed that Alex’s young girlfriend is having an intensely sexual relationship with Bobby, the scene is set for vengeance, violence, and unforgettable suspense.
News & Reviews
“Do you like to be scared until your knuckles turn white? Then go see Tom Walmsley’s Something Red.” —Globe and Mail
“The Jones Boy is a harrowing and nearly brilliant evening of theatre… Walmsley wields sex and violence like a double-edged sword.” —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.