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Seasonal Offerings - Christmas 2013
’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE XMAS
By Dave Butler
A hilarious comedy set in Dublin about a burglar who breaks into a mansion and causes havoc. Winner of the SCDA Play On Words Competition 2013. Adjudicator Ron Nicol described it thus: ‘Well planned with rounded characters and flowing dialogue—this is assured writing, absorbing, entertaining and full of fun.’
It’s the night before Xmas and small-time crook Jimmy the Weed breaks into the house of former developer and rugby international Peter Hickey. Discovered when his mobile goes off, he is soon overpowered and tied up by a drunken Hickey, but manages to convince him he’s Jack, the brother of team-mate Frank Wilson. Then the formidable Serena Hickey arrives, in the company of Frank Wilson, and Jimmy, sensing the simmering rivalries underneath the triangle, plays one off against the other. The stakes are raised higher yet with the arrival of police Sergeant Billy Long. Relying entirely on his wits, Jimmy somehow manages to be left in charge of the house!
MY NAME IS MARTHA
By Chris Adams
Runner-up in the SCDA Play On Words Competition 2013. The adjudicator described it as ‘a well-constructed piece with an interesting beginning, absorbing middle and satisfying conclusion’.
On the face of it, Martha is a vagrant who hangs out on a piece of wasteland with George, another vagrant, shouting drunken advice at passers-by. George is a pessimist with no self-esteem, whereas Martha has self-belief in spades. But we learn that she has another life living in suburbia in her own house and near her daughter Megan. Her son-in-law Kevin is a Conservative candidate in a local election, and he and Megan want Martha off the streets during his campaign. At Megan’s bidding a policeman ‘escorts’ Martha to Megan’s house, where she is sedated. Her only ally is her granddaughter Sadie, who takes her home. In a final scene at the wasteland, George and Martha assert their rights to be recognised as individuals.
In a London hospital, Piers is dying of AIDS complications. A visitor should be welcome. But this visitor is ex-colleague and close friend Tom from Nairobi and last time they met, Piers was in bed with Tom’s wife. As the two men talk, amid recrimination and reminiscence (and humour), the threat of violence is never far away. Piers wants Tom’s help to end it all until he discovers Tom was the source of his infection. The gun which Piers has rescued from his nurse’s son becomes a potential murder weapon as first Piers and then Tom is tempted to take revenge. The different backgrounds and motivations of the two men and their fatal flaws are exposed as we hear about their joint involvement in the aid world. Reconciliation is finally achieved and Tom leaves Piers to collapse into the arms of the nurse.
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