Foreskin’s Lament by Greg McGee


About the playwright


Greg McGee’s protagonist and our outlier is Foreskin, a university student and fullback on the local rugby team. In the final scene of the play, the team is celebrating the day’s victory at an increasingly drunken after-match function. Meanwhile their captain Ken is in hospital in a coma after being injured in the game. While the others assume the injury was a result of opposition foul play, Foreskin alone saw his ambitious team member, Clean, deliver the kick to Ken’s head that rendered him unfit to play, thereby ensuring Clean of the captaincy. At the climax of the party the increasingly angry and frustrated Foreskin hears that Ken has died as a result of his injuries.

Foreskin’s monologue (which we’ve had permission to shortened considerably for the tour) is the last speech of the play, summing up Foreskin’s mounting disillusionment, sorrow, and frustration with the violence that pervades the game of rugby.

This summary is largely credited to Arts Online.

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About the playwright

Greg McGee writes for theatre, film and television, in which he has won numerous awards, and is best known for the play, Foreskin’s Lament.

More recently he has concentrated on prose. Under the pseudonym of Alix Bosco he won the 2010 Ngaio Marsh Award for best crime fiction novel for Cut & Run, and was a finalist the following year with Slaughter Falls. He has since written his first novel under his own name, Love & Money, and the biographies of Richie McCaw, The Open Side and Brendon McCullum, Declared.

In 2013, he was the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow, and out of that came The Antipodeans, a best seller in New Zealand, long-listed for The 2016 Ockham Zealand Book Award, and for the 2017 Dublin International Literary Award.

His new play, Flame, was work-shopped by The Auckland Theatre Company in November 2016 and nominated for Playmarket’s Adam NZ award for best new writing.