By Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir

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.


At the end of her education as she knows it, Zoe goes out to celebrate. She finds Silvain, an older but well put together gentleman, passed out by her front door when she returns. She and her father, a gilder, take care of him as he doesn't know where his travelmates are.

When one of them, Dennis, finally claims him he offers the father anything in turn for their hospitality. The father wishes anything he touches turn to gold. His wish is granted, but this comes with consequences. Zoe becomes a carer for her father, unable to eat solids or wear clothing or go to work.

She develops a relationship with a boy from her class but it, like her other relationships, turn sour as her world changes. She finds Silvain in the river. She pleads to Dennis to reverse the gift but before he can see them again her father chokes on a strawberry and she, by choice and reflex, gives him the Heimlich, turning gold around him. He drinks bleach until he is dead. .

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Playwright age category: 18+


37 Plays Reader

"A beautiful and uncomplicated story, poetic and economic - every line carries weight, and every character is created with real clarity. The strength is in its simplicity; I found it really moving."

About the playwright

Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir is an Icelandic playwright based in Edinburgh. She was mentored at the Playwrights Studio Scotland in 2017. She won the New Territories Award at Prague Fringe 2018 with (Can This Be) Home. Her breakfast play at the Traverse Theatre Kit Kat received a sold out run and five star reviews in 2019 as well as a radio spot on BBC World Service. Vanishing Point produced her piece Deliverance in 2020. She got the Stepping Stones Award (Scottish Arts Club) in 2021 to develop post[traumatic].