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In Room Five Hundred and Four

Jimmie Chinn

Short Play, Drama  /  2f, 2m

In Room Five Hundred and Four
by Jimmie Chinn

Edie reminisces about herself and Harry on their wedding-day in February 1942. Together the couple discover life's big truths in the span of one night. The day after, Harry will leave for the front, never to return. The uncertainties of their relatio…

In Room Five Hundred and Four

by  Jimmie Chinn

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  • Cast Size
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    2f, 2m
  • Duration
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    40 minutes
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  • Audience
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    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description

'' In Room Five Hundred and Four'' is yet another humorous, touching and sensitive play from the observant and ever-capable hands of Jimmie Chinn.

Sitting in a seedy seaside boarding house room, Older Edie reminisces over the past. Out of her memory step a younger Edie and Harry on their wedding day in February 1942. Together, the young couple discover life's big truths in the span of one night; the day after, Harry will leave for the front, never to return. The uncertainties of their relationship mirror the wider unpredictability and turmoil of the 40s - producing a finely-balanced portrait of that period. Simple staging in two acting areas allows us to travel through time as we become deeply involved with the touching tale of Older Edie.  

History

The play was first presented at the Duke's Head Theatre, Richmond, Surrey on March 13th 1986.

It was also subsequently presented on BBC Radio 4's Afternoon Theatre on the 11th February 1987 - directed by Gerry Jones.

It was also presented at the West Bank Cafe Theatre, 42nd Street, New York City, on the 16th February 1988 - directed by Joan Vail Thorne.

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Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

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  • Minimum Fee: £30 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: A seedy room in a  seaside boarding-house.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

2f, 2m
Cast Attributes
M2 (20s) F2 (20s, 60s)
Casting Notes

The small part of the Manager can be of any age.

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
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Press

''Sensitive......heart-warming.....touching.'' Middlesex Chronicle.

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Authors

Jimmie Chinn

James 'Jimmie' Chinn was born in Middleton, Lancashire on March 30th 1940 - the only son of his beloved mother, Edie. His early years, although not always easy, were to shape his writing in the future, and this often difficult time compounded his determination to achieve greater things. He was drawn ...

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