Project Description

The Body

Written in 1983. Originally staged by the RSC.

A play with music, set on an American air force base which backs onto a farm in Cornwall. A body found in the mud causes mayhem.

The play is published in Nick Darke: Plays 1 by Methuen.


‘Undermilk Wood meets Dr Strangelove.’

‘Of nukes and nuts in the west…goes with a swing.’ – The Times

‘The best moments in Nick Darke’s play are extremely good.’ – Times Literary Supplement

Original Cast

  • The Farmers: Christopher Bowen, William Haden, Brian Parr
  • Grace Gross: Jenny Agutter
  • Kenneth Gross: Clive Wood
  • Mrs May: Brenda Peters
  • Alice: Lesley Sharp
  • Archie Gross: Christopher Benjamin
  • Gilbert: David Shaw Parker
  • The Body: Tom Mannion
  • The Rector: Derek Godfrey
  • Stanley: Jimmy Gardner
  • Walt: Pete Postlethwaite
  • Lieutenant: John Bowe
  • Al: Niall Padden


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