UNE SOIREE ITALIENNE by Emma Northcott

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Viv and David decide to bring a bit of culture to their lockdown existence via Zoom. Middle-aged friends share holiday experiences, breadsticks and lots and lots of wine.

Viv decides to bring a bit of culture to the lockdown and invites a group of friends to a virtual Italian themed evening. David, misunderstanding the invitation arranges a wine tasting, forgetting that due to the coronavirus everyone is isolated in their own homes. As the friends arrive they share concerns about the availability of various food items and the suspected breaking of lockdown rules by mutual friends reported to be visiting their holiday cottage. There is some confusion over the purpose of the evening, when Jean turns up speaking Spanish and Mary and Celia French, but once they’ve agreed a common purpose Viv sets out to educate the group in the delights of the Italian language, culture and food. David focuses on the wine. The evening deteriorates when Viv confides her disappointment over her cancelled Italian holiday and David attempts to drink all of the wine himself. Good humour is returned through the slurping of wine by all and sharing of antipasti. Finally Viv decides that friends are far more important than holidays.

PART THREE OF THE CORONA CHRONICLES

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CHARACTERS

Mary – in her fifties

Celia – wealthy and somewhat self-centred

Viv – host to all video conferencing meetings and accustomed to being in control

Jean – a nervous woman

David – Jean’s friend

George – a mild mannered man.

 

PRODUCTION NOTES

This play must be viewed in ‘gallery view’ so that all screens are viewed simultaneously throughout the play. 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. The accuracy of the foreign language and it’s pronunciation is not important as they are all beginners. However, Google Translate is a useful tool for finding out how it should sound!

 

MEDIA

Please find a recording of this script here – https://www.facebook.com/TheQMT/videos/3293310160780726

PPlease find an interview with Emma Northcott here – https://www.facebook.com/203356893040677/videos/302275634464716

 

RUNNING TIME

Approx 15-20 minutes

 

PREVIEW

Preview available here

Additional information

Cast Breakdown

F4, M2

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