Synopsis: Speed-the-Plow

Date posted: 24 Oct 2016Author: STC Production: Speed-the-Plow

Rose Byrne and Damon Herriman in rehearsals (Photo: Brett Boardman)
Rose Byrne and Damon Herriman in rehearsals (Photo: Brett Boardman)


The play’s title is derived from an old English phrase, “God speed the plough”, that appears in poetry and songs as far back as the 14th century. For Mamet, the title was “perfect because not only did it mean work, it meant having to plow under and start over again.”



Los Angeles, the late 1980s. Morning in Bobby Gould’s new office.

Bobby is the newly promoted head of production at a Hollywood movie studio. His colleague, and now subordinate, Charlie Fox wants him to greenlight a prison movie that has the star Doug Brown attached to it. They have until 10am the next day to seal the deal.

Karen, in the office as Bobby’s temporary secretary, unknowingly elicits a bet between the two men. Bobby arranges for her to read a book that might be movie-material and to report back to him on it.



This synopsis is part of the program for Speed-the-Plow, which also features:

  • a note from director Andrew Upton
  • a profile of writer David Mamet
  • biographies and photos of the cast and crew
  • photos from the rehearsal room
  • and much more!

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Speed-the-Plow, 8 Nov – 10 Dec 2016, Roslyn Packer Theatre

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