Countryfiles by Max Wilkinson

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Max Wilkinson is a playwright from the South East of the UK. He has had plays produced at Theatre 503, King’s Head Theatre, the Arcola, Paines Plough and many others across London. Max has been short-listed for the Papatango Prize and recently, the Nick Crake Award. He has collaborated with the Wooster Group in NYC, The English Theatre in Berlin and the British Museum as a dramaturg. Max has also been part of the Finborough Writer’s Group, The Lyric Hannersmith’s Lab, Arcola Workshops and the National Theatre’s Playwright’s Development Lab. He has been published with Riggwelter Press, Loss Literature and Moltogone.


Countryfiles is a black comedy, surrealist piece responding to our Instagram culture of trying to perfect reality. It's in effect 'departing' or opting out from actual reality and modern life with all its blemishes and flaws. Nate and Tamala go the countryside to 're-connect'. They love vintage and living in the past. But then the dog dies. A tree moves outside. And a strange man visits them as thunder strikes. They slip into a nightmare. /