by: Stephen Smith

by: Stephen Smith


Stranded in an airport lounge during the inevitable delay of a holiday flight to Spain, Rosemary - "I`m a one-parent family, you see" - and her carbon-copy, not-very-bright daughter, Mandy, draw the reluctant Dennis and Shelia Tippit into a conversation. Sheila has suggested a holiday to try to right her ailing marriage; Rosemary is looking for a husband fore Mandy. The comic tone of the play shifts continually between Rosemary`s malapropisms and Dennis` grimly humorous bigotry with the close of the play finding Rosemary unmoved by the chaos she has caused and Dennis near to a nervous breakdown !

A very popular comedy, still frequently performed today, in which the humour masks deep seated problems. A play about communication skills in which a very optimistic mother and daughter meet a very pessimistic man and his depressed wife. Based on the author`s experiences of being stuck at Gatwick airport in the eighties. Can be set in the late eighties or updated.

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  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes


  • Genre: Not Applicable
  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1980s
  • Cast Attributes: Ensemble cast
  • Target Audience: Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith started writing plays in 1985 and has so far had sixteen published. He either directs or appears in every play and has won numerous Best New Play Awards. His plays have been produced not only throughout the UK but in many overseas countries as well with Parentcaft translated into ...

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