Keep your creativity flowing with Fishamble's #TinyPlayChallenge
In these challenging times, Fishamble - along with many of our colleagues in the wider Irish artistic community - is working hard to keep imaginations lively, communities engaged - and most of all offer people the opportunity of creative expression. We asked our audiences: Would you welcome the challenge of exploring your thoughts and feelings through drama? Do you have a dramatic story that you feel the urge to work out for yourself, and maybe share with your fellow citizens?
Below is one of the chosen plays from our weekly submissions.
Stay Awhile by Ann Sheehy
(Lights up on Room 220 at Our Lady’s Hospice.
Maurice is sitting in a chair next to his hospital bed, looking through binoculars out the window.
Julie has just arrived and is disinfecting her hands by the sink.)
Maurice: I do believe I see a thrush! Lovely song this time of year.
(He regards Julie.)
How is my Sally?
Julie: She sends her love, as usual.
Maurice: She is the love of my life. Do you think they will let her visit?
Julie: Maybe. In a couple of weeks, Maurice, that would probably be best.
Maurice: A couple of weeks.
Julie: You feeling ok? The pain managed?
Maurice: Yes, yes, pretty much so.
Julie: (Holding up a bag.) I got those yogurts you like – I’ll put them in the fridge.
And look what I found – a dark mint chocolate Easter Egg!
Maurice: But it’s not Easter.
Julie: Well I didn’t want to chance it… that they’d run out of your favourite.
Oh jeez, you still like chocolate, don’t you?
Maurice: Sure, sure. You got any of those banana muffins in that bag?
Julie and Maurice: No nuts!!
Maurice: It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s my damned teeth!
Why don’t you take off your coat, stay for a while.
Tell me about Sally, does she miss me?
Julie: (Stays standing on the opposite side of the bed.) Well, she really is something else – so beautiful and of course she misses you.
Maurice: Are you brushing her hair every day?
Julie: Yes, yes, a hundred strokes.
We go out three times a day.
This morning we went to the park and she rolled in a worm.
Maurice: Cheeky girl. Sure she loves a good roll.
My sweet Sally.
Oh, I wish you would bring her – say she’s my therapy dog … something. How’s she getting along with Clarice?
Julie: I found them snuggled up together on the bed.
They miss you, Maurice, but they are being well looked after, I promise.
Everyone on the road asks for you and send their love.
Winnie still wants that cup of tea.
Maurice: I know. I know.
I think they must be short-staffed, my breakfast and shower were later than usual and it is past twelve and they haven’t served lunch.
Julie: Well then, how about that muffin?
Then I will have to go.
Maurice: Julie… They told me this morning…
Julie: I know.
You know I will come see you as soon as I can.
Thank you, Julie, thank you for all of it.
Ann Sheehy is a once and future actor, also a mother, currently teaching Pilates and other body-awareness classes. She took Fishamble's Intensive Weekend Playwriting course last year and has been working on that among other things creative. She is on Facebook as ann.sheehy.58.
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