#28PlaysLater 2019 | All the plays

Another year, another month of writing a play a day checked off the to-do list. As usual, this has given me a reason to blog every day – lucky, lucky you. In case anyone really wants to read everything written by me over the month and marvel at the mental confusion of someone attempting to…

#28PlaysLater 2019 | Coasting | Day 28

Bobbie, 39, and Plum, 17, are sitting on the bonnet of a car next to a pebble beach. The sound of the sea. Bobbie rolls and lights up a cigarette. She takes a deep draw. Plum holds out her hands and Bobbie passes her the rollup. Plum draws and watches the smoke leave her lips….

#28PlaysLater 2019 | Anniversary | Day 27

Spotlight up on a stage with a microphone on a stand.   V/O: Welcome to the stage, Genie Dankworth.   Genie walks on stage and positions herself behind the microphone.   Genie: Hello. I’m Genie. Once know as the lady with the lamp. But that’s what you get if you punch enough bouncers on a…

#28PlaysLater 2019 | The Court | Day 26

Characters.   Anton Yegon Irina Yegon Judge Kangaroo 1 Kangaroo 2   Scene 1.   Anton Yegon is sitting at a small table drinking a small cup of coffee. Opposite him, his wife Irina is sitting opposite him eating a bowl of semolina porridge. She is heavily pregnant.   Anton: And you know what they…

#28PlaysLater 2019 | Balancing Onions (in a Bowl) | Day 25

A food stylist who is so passionate about food she kills the client on a commercial shoot. The producer, runner and someone from the ad agency then have to decide what to do given a famous person is turning up in 5.   Characters.   Sasha – the client Justine – the food stylist Jimmy…

#28PlaysLater 2019 | Chunks | Day 24

Scene. New Years Eve. The noise of a party can be heard. Sarah sits on stage. She is dressed for a party, in a lush dress and a party hat. Sarah I’ve been in bed crying all day. Not because of Brexit fears or concerns about Kim Jong Un’s nuclear capabilities, but because I’ve spent…

#28PlaysLater 2019 | The Emotional Intelligence Agency | Day 23

Scene 1. Blackout. A phone rings followed by a mechanical click. AUTOMATED PHONE VOICE (V/O): Welcome to the Emotional Intelligence Agency. Your call may be recorded for training purposes. If you wish to feel accepted and believed, press one. If you need to feel understood and valued, press 2. If you need to feel loved…

#28PlaysLater 2019 | Health & Safety Nightmare (Working Title) | Day 22

Note. The 28PlaysLater task today was about cultural appropriation. The performance happens in the space over a number of days. The events happen initially in sequence but as time moves on the sequence can be updated all altered. The role of The “American Indian” is constantly swapped with new people, including an invited cast, as…

#28PlaysLater 2019 | Crowd Control | Day 21

Cast. Ian Jasper Scene. A large black stage with a barrier in front of it. There are empty plastic glasses and confetti all over the floor. Ian walks in between the barrier and the stage, holding a bottle of water. He is a tall, burley man, dressed all in black apart from a hi vis…

#28PlaysLater 2019 | Desert Island Dicks | Day 20

Cast.   Danny Gracie Fields Louis Armstrong Kenneth Williams Keith Richards   Scene.   The beach of a small island. Water laps at the sand. There is a dense forest at the edge of the beach.   All is very peaceful.   There is a faint whistling sound. The whistling sound gets louder. A body…