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Secretarial Skills

Peter Quilter

Short Play, Comedy  /  1f, 1m

Secretarial Skills
by Peter Quilter

It's Barrie's birthday and his personal assistant Janet is helping him get ready for the party. As they discuss getting older, marriage and …

Secretarial Skills

by  Peter Quilter

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OVERVIEW

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    1f, 1m
  • Duration
    Duration
    30 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
Description
It's Barrie's birthday and his personal assistant Janet is helping him get ready for the party. As they discuss getting older, marriage and love (or Janet's lack of it), it becomes clear that she would be quite content to settle down with Barrie. Unfortunately, Barrie is more interested in men, but that doesn't stop him from booking them both on a cruise as a birthday present to himself. This play may be performed individually or as the second act in Duets, a comedy in four acts.
History
Premiere 2009 at the Ensemble Theatre in Sydney Australia.  The show has since been performed in over 20 countries.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

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

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: The living-room of an apartment.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1f, 1m
Cast Attributes
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Music

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

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Press

"This bittersweet quick-change comedy is streaked with pathos and is effortlessly charming, with each character sketched with verve and skill."  -  Sydney Morning Herald

"Quilter's understanding of human desires and quirks is on show and probed so endearingly ... A warm and funny exploration of love and other bruises."  -  Daily Telegraph

"Compelling, dense, funny and varied ... The language is always beautifully rendered, character-specific, and emotionally satisfying ... a play to be treasured!"   -   Atlanta Theater Review

Video clip of the Dallas production -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpjHesjm2NU

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Authors

Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter’s plays have been produced in forty countries around the world and translated into thirty languages. He has had three successful shows in London’s West End, a hit run on Broadway, and has twice been nominated for the Olivier Award - for Best New Play and Best New Comedy. His work has been produced at som ...

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