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Short Play, Drama  /  4w, 2m

A one act play by J.B. Priestley.

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    4w, 2m
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In the drawing room of a house in the country three women are arguing over a man. The man is Colin, and the argument is heated, for one of the women is his mother, another his wife Clare, and the third his mistress Helen. All four allow their tempers to get out of control, and painful truths are told. Colin, a weak man, is on the point of leaving when there is an unexpected interruption. Outside their open windows a film director, the formidable Kramer, has been listening to their arguments and taking notes and insists that they have been indulging in bad theatre and that they must go through their parts again, but with his direction...


COLIN: timid; about 35.

KRAMER: authoritative; middle aged.

HELEN: good looking; career woman; about 30.

MRS ARLOTT: Colin's mother; firm; elderly.

CLARE: sensible; attractive; 30. 

  • Setting Drawing-room of a country house

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J.B. Priestley

John Boynton Priestley (1894 - 1984) was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, son of a schoolmaster. He left Belle Vue School at 16 and worked in a wool office, beginning to write in his spare time. He volunteered for the army in 1914 and served throughout the First World War, surviv ...
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