Gizmo: History

Gizmo is an unusual piece by Alan Ayckbourn and is comparable to Ernie's Incredible Illucinations. Like Ernie's, Gizmo was written specifically for performance by young people and as a result is rarely performed professionally.

The play was commissioned for the National Connections '99 Festival, an annual event in which a series of plays are commissioned to be performed by schools throughout the UK. After an adjudication and regional performances, a selection of schools are invited to perform the plays at the National Theatre. The play was first announced to the public in an article published in the Sunday Telegraph in April 1999 and it had its first performance in Nottingham before being performed at to the National Theatre.

The play has proved to be popular with school and youth drama groups, offering a challenging and entertaining performance piece for young actors.

Set in the near future, it is about an amazing device which when fitted allows a body to be controlled by someone else - it is intended as a medical device for paralysed people. Naturally, the controller falls into the wrong hands and the device is used for criminal purposes - with an unwitting host in tow.

Gizmo has been published by a number of different publishers including Faber and Samuel French in the UK. It is available for production.

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