The Wait

by Richard Chilver

The Wait

Why is first love so unforgettable? When she returns home from University Sarah (driven, argumentative and Catholic) meets Owen (none of the above). They love one another but make a life-changing promise to refrain from sex until marriage. They share a need for control. So as to not go too far. To not grow up too soon. To not give away their secret. They don’t stay together, but the effects of their promise are felt over decades. The Wait is a musical love story about first love and the lifelong impact of leaving passion unfulfilled.

We are currently applying to Arts Council England for support to develop this piece of work.

Years of men persecuting me, no one let me be myself. God and you were the only men happy for to keep to my faith

And I thought we came here for a quickie, I’m obviously dyslexic with girls

Production Images


Images credit: TBC

About the writer

Richard trained as a playwright at The University of Portsmouth and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He is playwright in residence  at Lakeside Theatre, Colchester. He co-founded Frequency Theatre, an audio theatre company which produced short plays by writers around the world.

His first full stage production, The Girl and The Moon, opened at the Courtyard Theatre in January 2018. Other works include a radio short for Menagerie Theatre and BBC East and two pieces have featured in Pulse Festival.

In 2016 Richard was commissioned by Essex County Council to create Surprise, a site-specific theatre performance sharing the experience of controlling and coercive behaviour. In 2018 Richard developed Hold, a solo piece about controlling and coercive behaviour in a gay male relationship. Hold was presented as a script-in-hand performance for audience feedback at Theatre503 and Lakeside Theatre, Colchester. A UK tour of Hold is now being planned. Alongside writing The Wait, Richard is working on a new script B.B.C. about porn addiction and another about young stoke victims.

Richard Chilver

Creative and Production Team:

Writer – Richard Chilver
Director – Alex Vendittelli
Dramaturg – Dominic Kelly
Script Consultant – TBC

Producer – TBC
Press – TBC



The Wait has been developed with support gratefully received from TBC

Suitable for 16 years and above. Contains adult themes.

Headshot image credit: Shoot Me Club. Banner image: Molly Belle unsplash