The End of the Food Chain Tim Firth
This play focuses on the animal shift at Kale Moor grocery distribution depot. Under the imaginative guidance of Bruce The Gamesmaster, work here is an endless round of food sports, (sprout tag, smartie-and-flan-base tiddly winks, frozen fish swordfighting) sarcasm and juvenille humour, much enjoyed by the all-male night-shift workers. But a major change is due, for their new colleague is not a born-games player but is - even worse - a woman, who can see through the childish antics of the men to the insecurities and weaknesses beneath. At first, relations are reasonably civilized, but the gloves come off when the cerebral challenge of murder-mystery role-playing is presented to the team, and there are surprises in store for all of them. From the author of Neville's Island.