Mary – an art teacher in her fifties
Celia – wealthy and somewhat self-centred
Viv – host to all video conferencing meetings and accustomed to being in control
Penny – in her forties
Tim – a confident womaniser, except in the presence of his wife Viv.
George – a mild mannered man.
This play needs to be viewed in ‘gallery view’ so that all screens are viewed simultaneously for the entirety of the play, until Celia, then Viv exit the meeting. It is best to remind your audience not to watch in ‘speaker view’ where the viewer would only see the actor who is speaking at the time, similar to a television close-up of a single speaker and therefore missing the visual comedy in the other screens. If the actor playing Viv is able, she could actually host the meeting and therefore be in charge of turning cameras and microphones on and off. Otherwise, it is explicit in the script who changes the controls and who the audience should think has done it. For this play to be performed, under lockdown, Tim needs to be living in the same house as Celia.
Please find an interview with Emma Northcott here – https://www.facebook.com/203356893040677/videos/302275634464716
Approx 15-20 minutes
Preview available here