Cover illustration artwork for Polly Stenham’s second play Tusk Tusk, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in March 2009.
Come on troops. Let’s take check: Finn Bar, slightly ruffled but still in fighting form. Maggie, could do with a full night’s sleep but otherwise all in order… Stay here. Don’t answer the door. I’ll go out and get some proper food. In a new flat, three children play hide and seek. Eliot wears a crown, little Finn, King of the Wild Thing’s, draws on the walls. Maggie climbs them. Hiding from the world, needing to be found, their one shared focus a mobile phone. Will it ring? Who will call? And what are they waiting for? Tusk Tusk is a tale of family loyalty as an uncertain future circles.