Jonathan Cash - The First Domino
4 Extra Debut. Inspired by surviving the Admiral Duncan pub bombing, Jonathan Cash's fictional drama of violence and prejudice with Toby Jones.
On Friday 30th April 1999, at 6.37pm, a nailbomb exploded in the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho, London. Playwright Jonathan Cash was standing a few feet away from the device as it exploded.
The First Domino is a response to that event. A fiction inspired by that horrific bombing and other attacks like it, the play is woven around a series of conversations between a prisoner and a psychiatrist. It is a study of prejudice, extremism and marginalisation, as well as an examination of the human urge towards violence and revenge.
An uncompromising and at times shocking script, it is full of dark comedy too: "When people first meet me, I'm not expected to have a sense of humour. You seem to be defined by what's happened to you." Jonathan Cash
In a version re-imagined and rewritten for radio, this play has been developed from Jonathan's stage version, which won the Award for Best Theatrical Performance at the 2009 Brighton Fringe Festival.
With Toby Jones and Joseph Kloska.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 2010.