The Biggleswades was first performed on 6 November 2001 at The White Bear Theatre, London, with the following cast:
Brian, Jestyn Phillips
Wife, Illona Linthwaite
Friend, Richard Latham
Director, Peter Craze
Designer, Margaret Forsyth
A second production opened at Southwark Playhouse on 8 March 2005, with the following cast:
Brian, David Hobbs
Wife, Joanna Brookes
Friend, John Cunningham
Director, AC Wilson
Designer, Anna Jones
Sound, Megumi Miura
Lighting, Peter Harrison
Illona Linthwaite and Jestyn Phillips, White Bear Theatre, London , November 2001.
...a horrific, mischievous symphony of human misery...the savage poetry and simplicity of a Magnus Mills novel...a powerful allegory of a mindless, isolationist modernity...it is the play's viciously ironic sense of humour that makes 'The Biggleswades' such a potent success...an explosive, brilliantly daring new play...
...a horrific tale...compulsive...the dialogue crackles as it exposes human deterioration... a terrifying finale...The play is bound to have a future...It is worth cancelling anything in order not to miss it.
...a superbly acted black comedy...
...a comedy drama of domestic dysfunction and existential terror...this unsettling portrait of a marriage barricading itself against the terror of encroaching forces from outside...There is some unspeakable fear in the air... grippingly ominous, full of convincing domestic detail yet infecting it with a palpable unease.