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The Here and This and Now (NHB Modern Plays)

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The Here and This and Now (NHB Modern Plays)

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136 pagine
48 minuti
Pubblicato:
Mar 9, 2017
ISBN:
9781780018751
Formato:
Libro

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"I just don't know if I'm ever happy. Like, really truly happy. Even if you sent me up to space, by day four I'd be worrying if I had enough stuff on my Kindle..."

What makes us truly happy? Health? Family? Professional success? Blasting it in the gym? Romance? Pills?

Or are we ignoring the bigger stuff? Real life-changing stuff that can devastate the world if we just keep ignoring it.

Glenn Waldron's surprising comedy The Here and This and Now takes a look at the pharmaceuticals business, the salaryman and woman, and the quest for happiness. It premiered at Theatre Royal Plymouth in March 2017.

Pubblicato:
Mar 9, 2017
ISBN:
9781780018751
Formato:
Libro

Informazioni sull'autore

Glenn Waldron’s first play Forever House premiered at the Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2013. Following a production at Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and readings in Oslo, Berlin and Amsterdam as part of Company of Angel’s European Writers Lab, his’s play Natives opened at Southwark Playhouse in March 2017, produced by Boundless Theatre. Glenn is the former Editor of i-D magazine and his work has appeared in The New York Times, the Guardian, the Independent and Vogue.

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The Here and This and Now was first performed at Theatre Royal Plymouth, on 9 March 2017, with the following cast:. The cast was as follows:

Acknowledgements

Simon Stokes, David Prescott, Bethany Pitts, Louise Schumann, Harriet Pennington-Legh, Becca Kinder, Dr Michael Murphy, Bal Kalirai, Richard Lee and Sam Smith.

G.W.

For Sam

Characters

NIALL

GEMMA

ROBBY

HELEN

A.

This ebook was created before the end of rehearsals and so may differ slightly from the play as performed.

PART A: A PRESENTATION

The conference room of a functional country-house hotel.

An office awayday.

GEMMA, ROBBY and HELEN are pharmaceutical sales reps on a training day led by NIALL.

They practise delivering their sales pitches, and participate in games and exercises to remember the terminology of the new drug they will be selling.

1. Chant

A chant that starts off quietly then gets louder and louder.

Captivate!

Associate!

Detonate!

Kill!

Captivate!

Associate!

Detonate!

Kill!

2. Niall

A simple, engaging and persuasive style.

NIALL This?

Beat.

Oh it’s.

Nothing.

Laughs.

Bit daft, really.

Beat.

My son.

Five years old and everything’s –

Tractors.

Diggers and tractors and –

Tractor wallpaper.

Tractor cartoons. Spaghetti shapes –

Laughs again.

Got in a bit of trouble actually.

With the boss.

Jack – my son – he’s been a bit, bit ill recently –

Oh nothing serious. Just a bit, fluey and.

Which is rubbish when it’s the holidays and all

the other kids are out there playing and you’re stuck inside.

Do you remember that, Jan?

So yesterday he’s finally on the mend and he’s been cooped up for, like, two weeks. And he’s looking forward to going to the park and seeing all his pals and all that.

But then Martine, that’s my wife, she gets it too, this flu-thing.

Beat.

Tell me about it!

And I’m just about to leave for work.

Yesterday.

Got my car keys and I’m halfway out the door and, and then I see him.

See him sitting there in front of some cartoon.

Bored witless, poor little –

And I’m standing there and, and I get this idea in my head.

I get this idea in my head and something in me just –

Clicks.

And I think, I think – excuse my French, Jan – sod it.

Sod it.

Because it’s not right, y’know? It’s really not right.

And I phone up the boss and – I mean I could pretend that I’m sick.

Could say I’ve caught it off the nipper or whatever but then I think, know what, Jan? Know what – today I’m gonna be honest.

Not gonna sneak around.

And I phone up my boss and say to him, ‘Michael.’

I say ‘Michael, I know it’s all chocka. I’ve know I’ve got appointments in Bracknell and Bicester and Lord-knows-where-else lined up but they’re going to have to wait because actually I’m not working today.

I’m not working today because I’m going to spend some time with my family, fella.

I’m spending the day with my son.’

And Michael’s pretty mad obviously but y’know – stuff it.

Stuff it.

Because – sometimes I think some things are more important than work.

Don’t you think, Jan?

And so. So we jump in the car and we head up the M5 and all the way, Jack’s so revved up. Like ‘Where we going, Dad where we going?’

And, truth be told, I think he’s just happy spending some time with his old man, y’know?

Truth be told, think he’s almost forgotten what I look like recently.

Martine too.

And then, then we turn on to the A38 and we turn around the corner and – there it is. We’re there.

Beat.

Diggerland.

No really, it’s a place. M5, Junction 27.

It actually exists!

It’s just all these diggers and tractors and – but Jack’s face.

Jack’s face when we come round the corner and he sees where we are.

His face is just –

Yeah.

Beat.

And obviously now I’m in the doodoo with the boss.

I’m in the doodoo up to my –

But I don’t really care. Because when I think about his face. When I think about my son’s

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