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Taking Liberties Drama Group

One of our Own

Taking Liberties are delighted to have commissioned Peter Reid to write a play about the area in which they live.

The play itself is set in a small terraced house in the area. The story focuses on the relationship of three women (a grandmother, mother and daughter) and the effect the men in there lives has had on them. The play takes a comic and tragic look at the various people and extended family who change their lives completely.

Granny May Grendon
Bernie Carmel Tuohy
Mary Faye Breen
Sharon Liz Bagnall
Aunt Nellie Josie Sheehan
Aunt Kay Kay Fenlon
Eileen Carthy  
Philip Oliver Ennis
Anthony Kevin Malone
The Priest  
Liam Coad Mourner/Singer

 

Set Design Angie Hendrick, Paula valentine, Caroline Donohue, Teresa Carton
Sound Matthew Reid 
Lighting Design Darren (don't know his second name yet)
Production Avril Gannon
Director Damien Kaye

 

Below is an excerpt from the opening scene of the play

 

Along the back wall from the stair doorway to the end of the alcove Mary (23, pretty) is standing on one of the dining chairs in front of the cabinet pinning the right side of a welcome home banner up. Bunches of balloons are pinned on the walls. Granny is sitting in her armchair being fed by Mother (50+ and a hard slog getting there) who is sitting on the pouff

Granny

That’s Crooked

Mary

No it’s not

Granny

I’m telling you it is, You can’t see because you’re beside it.

Mother

Never mind that……….finish your food.

Granny

Food? …….. you call this food?

Mush is all it is!

Mary

Well finish your mush then!

(Mary gets down and looks at banner)

Granny

It’s not straight.

Mary

How would you know?……….Your nearly blind!

Granny

Why doesn’t it have his name on it?

Mary

I couldn’t get one with a name on it!

Granny

I thought you made it yourself.

(to mother) That’s enough

Mary

I have enough to be doing without making signs, anyway it looks alright.

Mother

(looking at sign) She’s right, it’s not straight.

Move it down a bit that side.

Granny

(smug)I told you.

Mother

(scraping last of food in the bowl ,coaxing but hurried) Come on the last bit.

Granny

I can’t eat anymore of that stuff.

Mary

Doctor said you have to eat.

Granny

Exactly!.Eat!…….There’s no eating involved in that, all you can do is suck.

Mother

(wiping her)You’ve got some on your cardigan.

Mary

We’ll have to get you a bib.

Granny

(mock hurt)That’s right..make fun of me.

Mother

She’s only getting it up for you!

Exit Mother to kitchen

Granny

(to herself) Spend all your life looking after your teeth until your not allowed chew anymore.

Mary

(after fixing banner)Is that it?

Mother

(returning ,last minute tidying)Yes! That’s lovely now!

Granny

Still looks crooked to me.

Mary

Everything looks crooked to you.

( To mother) Did you get the cake?

Mother

In the kitchen.

Granny

What time will he be here?

Mother

(Looking at watch) Should be in by now.

So…….if he comes straight home,…(lost)..not long.

Granny

Wonder if he’s grown

Mother

(stops) Seven years……I suppose he must have.

Mary

Eight!

Mother

What?

Mary

Eight years he’s been away.

Eight years last month.

Granny

Only a baby

Mary is putting loads of glasses on the table

Mother

That’s too many glasses Mary….There won’t be that many.

Mary

Have you not got a load of your friends coming?

Mother

They can’t…. Saturdays Bingo night.

Mary

You think they would have skipped it just for one night.

Mother

Are you mad?…..One woman died last week and they wanted to continue the game.

Granny

That’s not true.

Mary

Don’t mind her.

Doorbell goes, Exit Mary to answer

Granny

(Excited) Is it him?

Mother gets up to welcome Tony

Mary

(Off ) It’s alright …..(Enters with Sharon)

It’s only Sharon

 

© copyright.Peter Reid 2000