The Pack


by Stef Smith

You’ve lost your map and you’ve broken your compass. There is no phone signal here and it’s getting dark. You hear breathing behind you, and you don’t know who or what it is, if it is going to comfort you or kill you. So, you begin to run… only to find you had never even left your house.

This is a playful and poetic exploration about getting lost in the loneliness of your living room and trying to find your way home.

A play for two or two hundred, and everything in-between.

Age: 13+

Cast size: Any

Can’t decide? Read an extract here…

About the playwright

Stef Smith is a multi award-winning writer working to international acclaim.

Work includes: Enough, Girl In The Machine, Swallow (Traverse Theatre); Nora: A Doll’s House (Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre); The Song Project, Human Animals (Royal Court); Acts Of Resistance (Headlong / Bristol Old Vic); Love Letter To Europe (Underbelly); How To Build A Nation (Young Vic); Remote (National Theatre Connections Festival); Tea And Symmetry (BBC Radio); Smoke (And Mirrors) (Traverse Theatre & Dot Istanbul for Theatre Uncut); Back To Back To Back (Cardboard Citizens); Cured (Glasgay! Festival); Grey Matter (The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen); Woman Of The Year (Oran Mor, Glasgow) and Falling/Flying (Tron, Glasgow).

Stef has won three Scotsman Fringe First Awards for Roadkill, Swallow and Enough. Roadkill also won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, a Herald Angel Award, the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award, a Total Theatre Award for Innovation, and the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize. Swallow opened to widespread critical acclaim, and also won the Scottish Arts Club Theatre Award. Girl in the Machine won the 2019 Science and Theatre Drama Award in Germany.

Recently Stef took part in the BBC Drama Writers Room and her Digital Drama Short pilot FLOAT was released on BBC iPlayer in October 2019.

Stef is currently under commission to the Lyceum Theatre, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Leeds Playhouse, National Theatre of Scotland, Royal Exchange Theatre and is on attachment at the National Theatre Studio. She is also an Associate Artist at the Traverse Theatre, Leeds Playhouse and Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland.