By Tom Murray

Part of 37 Plays, a national playwriting project to create a series of 37 brand new plays that reflect the world we live in today.


Based on real events, when Nazi Deputy Leader, Rudolf Hess, flew a solo plane to Scotland in 1941 to end the war and crash landed in a farmer's field. North Star joins farm labourer, Davy, and his mother, Mol, as they take him in for tea. In a darkly comedic tale of myth and madness, the past begins to unravel. It's a play about loss, colonialism and the myths we tell ourselves. It challenges the notion of British exceptionalism at the heart of our national identity, confronting the uncomfortable realities of our own history.

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Playwright age category: 18+


Juliet Gilkes Romero, Playwright

"This is quite brilliant. This writer has a real command of theatrical language...really, really blew me away."

About the playwright

Tom is an award-winning playwright from Linton, Cambridgeshire. He studied History at Durham University (2018-2021) before going on to do a playwriting MA at Goldsmiths College, University of London (2022). He has recently been awarded the position of Peter Shaffer Playwright In Residence at Trinity College, Cambridge, 2023-24. His play Framed was performed at Mountview, The Golden Goose Theatre and Theatre503 in September 2022. North Star is his second professional commission. Tom is interested in the absurd, the socio-political, and the ways in which the past can speak to the present. He strives for character-based theatre that is thought-provoking and unsettling, that straddles the line between comedy and tragedy, the banal and the epic.

In partnership with Norwich Theatre