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Audrey and Me

Jimmie Chinn

Short Play, Drama  /  1f, 1m

This play for one man and one woman takes place in what appears at first to be a hospital waiting room. 

Audrey and Me

by  Jimmie Chinn

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    1f, 1m
  • Duration
    Duration
    40 minutes
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Description

This play for one man and one woman takes place in what appears at first to be a hospital waiting room. The man (Barry) seems to have been taken ill and his wife Audrey has brought him in to get help. She talks to him with forced cheerfulness, playing games like I Spy, singing songs etc. but he remains silent and it’s clear that they are both very distressed by their situation. Clues emerge that the family is financially not very well off and that Barry has suffered some kind of breakdown.

In the next scene Audrey visits her husband after he has been at the ‘hospital’ for some time. She is obviously benefiting from her independence and has got a new job. References are made to an incident when her husband was violent towards her and to the pills he is supposed to be taking, and we start to suspect that perhaps this is some kind of mental health hospital. Again Barry doesn’t speak.

In the final scene Audrey visits her husband again, this time to say goodbye for the last time. He seems to have regressed to childlike behaviour, playing with a ball and making train noises. Finally he speaks at the very end, to call her name as she leaves.

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Performing Groups
Cautions
  • Mild Adult Themes

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £39 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: A hospital waiting room
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1f, 1m
Cast Attributes

Audrey

Barry - her husband

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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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