Double Bill of One Act Plays – The Scream Inside
Bear Hug by Robin French
A conventional middle-class couple are in their conventional middle-class kitchen, the mother Linda is serving dinner to her Volvo obsessed husband David and their son Michael. This could be an episode of a gentle family 1970’s sitcom starring Wendy Craig and Martin Jarvis but something is wrong with the picture. Michael is a bear and he is angry frustrated and alienated. Linda and David are trying their best but their cosy world view is about to spiral into a nightmarish black comedy as they try to cope with a son who is out of control.
Madonna della Media
by Caroline Ross Tajasque
Two reporters meet in an old hermit’s chapel on an uninhabited island off the coast of Wales in 2006, each to interview a young girl said to be displaying signs of the stigmata. The two reporters, one a CNN anchorwoman, the other a former priest, working for the BBC World Service, are trapped together in a blizzard. Under the silent gaze of the girl, the two mismatched reporters tease and spar with each other about guillemots, George Clooney and belief in God. The play also probes the role of the media and its role in disaster reporting.
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