By Tim Wallers

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.


The play is about the debate surrounding renewable energy. It is about how we, as a society, tackle the issue of transition to new forms of energy, and a lower carbon world. It deals specifically with solar energy and the effects it may or may not have agriculturally, through the prism of a small farming community in Shropshire. It also touches on issues of mental health and political expediency. However all the themes in the play are approached from a humane and often comedic standpoint, its aim being to present the issues entertainingly, not to lecture.

The main character in the play is the title role, Doris, a farmer's wife in her late 60s, who at the beginning of the play is in the midst of a fairly eccentric form of activism. It is this activism that sparks the debate as to the consequences of decisions made at higher levels on those to the side of the bigger picture, and its effect on the future for all of us.

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Playwright age category: 18+


Lyn Gardner, Theatre Critic

"We love its comedy, love the fact that it's a rural play, that it's about older people, that it's about climate change."

About the playwright

Tim Wallers is an actor/writer/director living in Shropshire, where his play The Doris Effect is set. He studied as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and works in theatre and TV. He has started to write later in his career having had readings and performances of early work at local theatres and arts festivals. The Doris Effect is his first play to be presented professionally.

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