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 +====== For Want of a Nail ======
 +{{for_want_of_a_nail.jpg|Flyer cover for For Want of a Nail}}
 +//Component Parts// with **For Want of a Nail**
 +
 +**A Mayfest New Writing Commission and on tour** May - August 1994
 +
 +Directed by //Paula McGee//
 +
 +//Component Parts// are writer-performers:​ **Janet Paisley** and **Graham McKenzie**.\\
 +
 +
 +===== The Show =====
 +
 +As thirtysomethings couple, Frank and Cara, prepare for a day at the races, both back the wrong hunches and comic misunderstanding gallops into deep dark territory.
 +
 +To mark International Year of Literature, the writers have incorporated poetry by new and established poets into the drama.
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 +===== Extract =====
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 +<box 80% round prose | Extract - **For Want of a Nail**>
 +(A BLACK ROOM WHERE CARA SITS AT THE TABLE SMOKING. TWO CHAIRS REPRESENT A SOFA. THE FURNITURE IS ALSO BLACK. CARA WEARS A TOUCH OF RED BUT THE ONLY REAL COLOUR IS THE JACKET. FRANK HAS JUST COME IN TO THE ROOM)
 +
 +CARA: You wonder what they'​re putting in cigarettes these days.\\
 +FRANK: Have you seen my blue jacket?\\
 +CARA: Last about five minutes. That if you're lucky.\\
 +FRANK: I'm sure I left it in here.\\
 +CARA: They used to last at least ten.\\
 +FRANK: Things move about in this house.\\
 +CARA: Could time your break with them. One - ten minutes. Two - twenty minutes.\\
 +FRANK: All by themselves. Have you?\\
 +CARA: What?\\
 +FRANK: Seen my blue jacket.\\
 +CARA: Yes. Now you could get through four - at least.\\
 +FRANK: One would do.\\
 +CARA: No chance. Must be to keep the profits up. Nobody smokes anymore but they sell just as many cigarettes.\\
 +FRANK: You said you'd seen my jacket.\\
 +CARA: Course I've seen it. They'​ve fixed them so they burn quicker, you know. We, the faithful, are being forced to smoke two, three times as many.\\
 +FRANK: Where?\\
 +CARA: Where what?\\
 +FRANK: (PATIENT) Where did you see my jacket?\\
 +CARA: Everywhere. Everywhere you go - blue jacket goes. For all I know you were born in it. Oh, congratulations Mrs Edwards, you've just had a jacket.\\
 +FRANK: So had I.\\
 +CARA: A jacket. Well fancy that. I always wanted a blue jacket.\\
 +FRANK: (SHOUTS) Where is it?\\
 +CARA: How the fuck should I know.\\
 +FRANK: You said you'd seen it.\\
 +CARA: So I did. On your back. Last time we went out.\\
 +FRANK: I don't believe you.\\
 +CARA: But I did. Kath's Party, remember? I particularly noticed what you were wearing that night. Cause you never wear anything else.\\
 +FRANK: You've done something to my jacket.\\
 +CARA: Have I?\\
 +FRANK: What have you done?\\
 +CARA: My nails. No?\\
 +FRANK: If I find...\\
 +CARA: Laddered my stockings?​\\
 +FRANK: One mark, just one mark...\\
 +CARA: That's not it?\\
 +FRANK: On my ... (FINDS JACKET BEHIND SOFA)\\
 +CARA: Oh, I like this game. Em, forgot my underwear.\\
 +FRANK: Did you?\\
 +CARA: So that's it.\\
 +FRANK: I can find out.\\
 +CARA: Touch me before we get to the track and you're dead.\\
 +FRANK: Maybe we're not going to the track. Maybe that's why you forgot your underwear. Maybe that's why you hid my jacket.\\
 +CARA: Maybe - not.\\
 +FRANK: So you hid it for some other reason then?\\
 +CARA: Too obvious. I win.\\
 +FRANK: Must be your lucky day.\\
 +CARA: Oh hey, what do you reckon? - Lucky Lady in the 3 o'​clock.\\
 +FRANK: Too obvious. How about Under the Weather. Two thirty.\\
 +CARA: Under - och, you're not.\\
 +FRANK: You hid my jacket.\\
 +CARA: Don't be ridiculous.\\
 +FRANK: We're not going till you confess.\\
 +CARA: All right, all right. I confess...\\
 +FRANK: I knew it.\\
 +CARA: I confess I never touched your bloody jacket.\\
 +FRANK: Then how did it get down behind the sofa?\\
 +CARA: Hang gliding from the lampshade? Passed out shampooing the carpet? Suffered an embolism, thought it was a dog, needed a little pick-me-up?​\\
 +FRANK: This isn't a game.\\
 +CARA: Good. Cause I don't want to play.\\
 +</​box>​
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