PAST TENTS by Seth Jones & David J Keogh


When Alan’s car crashes in the middle of nowhere, he hopes his bad day (which started with his wife leaving him) can’t get any worse… and of course… it does. After trudging through the muddy countryside, he comes across a campsite, run by the rather eccentric Virgil. He has no choice but to stay the night.

Unfortunately for Alan, there’s only one plot left, situated in-between a doggy-poo bin and the rather annoying Justin.

Justin is everything Alan despises – a positive family man with his life completely in control… or is he? Because things are not what they seem and as the tension builds between the men, they start to reveal their true selves… with hilarious and rather unfortunate consequences.

‘Past Tents’ is the story of two desperate people at the end of their tent ropes, forced into each other’s company. Will they end up finding redemption or will they end up killing each other first?



ALAN – Alan is a frustrated, tired and grumpy children’s entertainer and low-rent actor. Glass half-empty, he’s a pessimist who is the cause of most of his own unhappiness. He’s on edge, dislikes mostly everybody and blames the world and the people around him for all of his woes.


JUSTIN – Justin is one of life’s optimists – annoyingly so. He always sees the good in people and the situation and always trues to cover moments of hurt with a smile. Deeply religious and thinks that God will show him the way, no matter what.


VIRGIL – Virgil lives in his own little world. As the ‘manager’ of the campsite and someone who had probably never lived anywhere else, his views on the world are limited and slightly warped. He’s odd….slightly creepy… but underneath all that is a confused heart of gold. he struggles to understand why people don’t see the world in his own unique way.


Other minor characters on audio only:
Sam, Ashleigh, Quentin, Therapist, Radio DJ, Hospital Announcer, Nurse, Charlie





***** “Perfectly pitched… Overall this is a well-acted and scripted comedy that runs smoothly has some laugh out loud lines and slapstick moments, mixed amongst some more serious and thought-provoking moments. A good piece of off west end theatre that I could easily see playing in an intimate west-end venue. Excellent.”



***** “Past Tents’ is a play that deserves to tour nationwide, it is accessible but leaves you with something to discuss over a drink. It is easy to see why Keogh and Jones are award winning writers and their work demands a wider audience. An absolutely stunning piece of theatre.”

Daniel White, VENT SPLEEN UK


***** “”From someone who has spent many hours in theatres wishing I was an Isis hostage instead I have to admit that this was a piece of work you should be really proud of. Very funny and emotionally challenging, congratulations to everyone involved”

David Edgar, Producer, STAR TV


What the audiences think:

***** “Fantastic… It grips you till the clever twist at the end. Thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend seeing the play.”

*****  “Such a funny and well acted play! can’t wait for the next one in the series”

*****  “Very funny and witty, with hidden depths. Lovely work all round. Congratulations to all”

***** “A Funny and allegorical play about loss” Audience Club – Sam MacDonald

***** “A very funny and hilarious play that brings two men forced to spend the night with each other on a run down campsite. Good performances from the cast of three!!!”


***** “A most interesting production and highly amusing in parts – with some good twists – The three actors put their hearts and souls into the play with gusto.”

Audience Club – Margot Libbey-Kibbey


Preview available here

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