DANCING BACKWARDS by Alison Chaplin

£4.00

Elsie Tavistock is an elderly lady with a troubled past and a dark secret. She shares intimate details of her life with strangers at the bus stop on her way to visit her dying husband. Because no one really listens to an old lady, Elsie also shares her dramatic recent discoveries and her need for revenge as she waits for the bus to take her to the airport.

The play could be adapted easily to work for an audio performance.

Description

CHARACTERS

BETTY TAVISTOCK:           (70s) North-west accent. Talks to strangers at the bus stop.

NURSE MERCY RILEY:      (40s) Cares for Betty’s husband at the hospice.

DORIS WATSON:                 (70s) Betty’s long-lost best friend. Smart clothes.

YOUNG DORIS:                    (18) Betty’s best friend as a teenager.

JANICE SMITH:                    (40s) Betty’s hairdresser.

ACTOR 1 (male):                  plays JOSH (20s), DAN (30s) and PAUL (40s), all non-speaking roles.

ACTOR 2 (female):              plays JADE (20s), KELLY (30s) and LISA (40s), all non-speaking roles.

REVIEWS

The play won the Lancaster Playwriting Prize in 2020

 

RUNNING TIME

Approximately 40 minutes

 

PREVIEW

Preview available here

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