The Weight of Days concerns Albert Camus and his political and literary feud with Jean-Paul Sartre over the Algerian War of Independence in 1950s Paris. A young woman named Edith adds to the flames of jealousy and anger between the two writing masters.
Camus was split over Algeria. He knew the Arabs deserved independence but as a Pied-Noir (French-Algerian) he could not desert the Algeria where his mother was born and lived.
'For anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.' - Albert Camus
Roy Smiles plays include Ying Tong - A Walk with The Goons, Pythonesque, Kurt & Sid and Year Of The Rat (all published by Oberon Books), Stand Up, Bombing People, Schmucks, Lunatics' Tango, The Last Pilgrim, Roberto Calvi Is Alive & Well and The Promised Land. He has won two Guinness Fringe Awards and was short-listed for Best Play at the Off West Awards in 2001. He had a writing attachment to the National Theatre in 2001. His book on comic influences: Funny People is also published by Oberon Books.