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.
CIARAN sits behind a large desk - JOYCE sits down.
CIARAN: So you know why you’re here?
JOYCE: I do.
CIARAN: Good. Because of the incident.
JOYCE: The incident, yes.
CIARAN: Joyce, what happened was a huge/
CIARAN: /embarrassment for the company.
CIARAN: You understand?
JOYCE: I do.
CIARAN: Good. Because obviously I have to, y’know - (Searching for the right word)
(TOGETHER) JOYCE: Reimburse.
(TOGETHER) CIARAN Reprimand.
CIARAN: Did you say reimburse?
JOYCE: I did.
CIARAN: I said reprimand.
JOYCE: Oh. Why?
CIARAN: Because of what happened?
JOYCE: What happened?
CIARAN: Well. If I can speak plainly?
CIARAN: You were masturbating in a Zoom meeting.
JOYCE: Oh that.
CIARAN: Yes that.
JOYCE: I can explain that.
CIARAN: Can you?
CIARAN: Go on.
JOYCE: I was sleeping.
CIARAN: You were nude.
JOYCE: I sleep nude.
CIARAN: Several people saw you. Someone recorded you. It’s on the internet Joyce.
JOYCE: Right. Is it?
CIARAN: The CFO’s seen it.
CIARAN: Yikes indeed. So you see why I have to- What was the incident that you were-
JOYCE: Oh, the pay cut.
CIARAN: The 10% pay cut? You wanted/
JOYCE: I want to be reimbursed. I work very hard, Ciaran. I want that 10% back.
CIARAN: You can’t have it, Joyce.
JOYCE: Right. Because of the masturbating?
CIARAN: No that’s a separate-
JOYCE: I didn’t come if that’s the issue.
CIARAN: That’s not the-
JOYCE: Because I make a real show of it when I come.
CIARAN: That’s really not the (pause) issue.
SADIE: Joyce that’s not the issue for us.
JOYCE: Well Sadie the issue for me, if I can speak plainly?
JOYCE: The issue for me is that you cut 10% of my pay.
CIARAN: That was company-wide.
SADIE: Everyone took a pay cut Joyce.
JOYCE: But my hours weren’t cut by 10%.
JOYCE: And they should have been.
JOYCE: So I’ve made the decision to take 10% of my day off.
CIARAN: You can’t do that.
JOYCE: That particular Zoom meeting fell during that time.
JOYCE: So I think that solves it. You can keep your 10% and I’ll keep mine.
CIARAN: Em. Sadie?
JOYCE: Ok great, thanks guys.
JOYCE hangs up
Ciara Elizabeth Smyth is an award-winning Irish playwright. She was the chosen playwright for Rough Magic’s SEEDS programme 2018-2020 & has just completed a commission with the Abbey Theatre for Dear Ireland 2020. Her most recent play, SAUCE, was chosen for artist support initiative DUETS & presented in Dublin Fringe Festival 2019 (nominated for the Little Gem Award, Judge’s Choice Award & Spirit of the Fringe Award). SAUCE will be published by Nick Hern Books 2020 & is being adapted as a television series. Ciara is a resident artist in the MAC Theatre Belfast 2020 & is represented by Curtis Brown. Find Ciara on Twitter @ciaraesmyth and Instagram @ciaraesmyth.
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