|Author||GILL, Jean - Other Plays by this Author - Contact Author|
|Synopsis||‘Little Women reincarnated on Red Dwarf’
Being a woman and an engineer is not unusual in the 21st Century but when you’re a genetic engineer, pregnant and survivor of the apocalypse there are some unique decisions to face. With characteristic detachment and scientific expertise, Frances has already made plans for the survival of the human race. All she has to do is to wake her three random companions and act on their decisions once they realise that they are the only survivors and that they carry a genetic toolkit embedded in their arms.
To Frances’ surprise, her three companions do not sit down at once to discuss strategies. In fact they seem rather distressed. They want to know all kinds of irrelevant details and seem to hate her rather than feel gratitude. It does not help them to realise that they were ‘specially selected’ because they were ahead of Frances in a supermarket queue.
Not helped at all by the formal use of furniture, ‘getting round the table’ and ‘speaking through the chair’ the last humans work out what their choice really means. Basically they have to choose between no humans, a lottery or a Chinese take-away – applied to the biggest pool party ever, in the human gene pool. In making their decision, they discover that ordinary people do matter and Frances discovers the limits of logic.
|Cast||4F (minimum 4)|
Frances, American scientist in early stages of pregnancy
Connie, 30s, sensual
Dora, 50+ the older, the better
Pauline 30+ forceful
|Production|| Bare interior to suggest spaceship.
Screens or painted backdrops necessary to show
1) Scene 1 A scan of Francis' body showing the baby in her womb
2) Scene 2, the scenery & wildlife outside the spaceship through 'windows'. Laptop computer and projector could be used if technology available.
1 Cupboard, 1 table and chairs required
|Status||Available for performance|
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|pool party.doc||Thu, 30th Dec 2004||full script||Available to print: £0.00||Download here|
|Available on ScriptCircle: (for other licences please contact the Author)|
|Amateur Performance||Up to 600 seats. EEC Countries.||£10.00 per performance|
Jean Gill has published poetry, fiction and non-fiction magazine articles. She won a place on the Cardiff TAPS/HTV scriptwriting course in 1999 and has also worked with BBC Script Editors. Her scripts have been workshopped by amateur theatre companies.