The play follows a classical Two Act structure which introduces the main protagonist (Phil) and the problems he faces (a desire for escape and inner conflict).
The characters, plot and theme are developed, building up to an energetic opening to Act Two. The action then begins to resolve as the play moves towards the end and the characters’ dreams are either realised or dismissed.
With this almost Shakespearean structure we might expect the play to resolve itself as a comedy or a tragedy. In the case of The Slab Boys this line is blurred. The audience are left to decide for themselves if they are uplifted or saddened by the fates and attitudes of each of the characters.
The play takes place over the course of one day, in one place, with no scene breaks and only the lunch bell to signify the end of Act One. This gives it a real-time honesty which allows the audience to experience the gritty, comical and complex reality of life as a Slab Boy, and share in each of the character’s experiences as they happen.