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One Male and One Female Actor for Each of Two Hour Long Plays

One Male and One Female Actor for Each of Two Hour Long Plays

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One male and one female actor for each of my two paired hour-long plays Plastic England & 7/7. In Plastic England bitterly satirical Jim Wheelwright sees his confinement in a wheelchair as a metaphor for the disablement of England. In the accident when he was driving his wife, Julie was killed and he left disabled. In a dream his carer, Mavis, arrives in a flash of lightning dressed as Britannia. She is his alter ego, the self with whom he endlessly wrestles. His comedy covers up his tender, lamenting, mournful sorrow. It is the realisation that she was the most wonderful thing in the world, a woman with feelings and a brain, the miracle of the universe and his, his wife but he never noticed. He thought she was just ordinary. It is the realisation that for her the accident brought death but for him it was the beginning of true life, an awareness of the wonder of things, that is tearing him apart. Why did he not realise all this while there was still time?

In 7/7 Michaela is the inner self of Michael, a hard-nosed, go-getting, unsentimental investment banker. It's a Darwinian world in which the strong survive and the weak go under. Underlying the play is a metaphor drawn from particle physics, electrons are both particles limited to the here and now but, in another dimension, also waves that are, in ways we cannot understand, everywhere in the universe. Michael treats his wife, Rosemary, abominably but he is anguished by his memory of their former love, the wonder of how they fell in love in Venice. Sex is Darwinian, about the transference of genes and nothing else, but, unlike the other animals, we are cursed, haunted by unreal Platonic illusions. It is this that now underlies his venomous resentment against Rosemary. His inner self, his guardian angel Michaela, does her best to restrain his simmering anger but makes little progress. She perseveres, though. 'He's a selfish bastard but he's my selfish bastard.' We never see Rosemary, only hear Michael's side of his conversations with her. Then Rosemary is killed in the London tube bombings on 7/7. He is shattered. It's the meaninglessness of it all, the Darwinian world of random accident happening to you. Why can't he accept the meaninglessness and move on? But he can't. He is wracked by remorse, crushed by all those unfeeling and uncaring atoms and chromosomes. The comforting voices urging him to move on, telling him that time is a great healer, look on the bright side, only deepen his despair. Michaela takes a different view. It is far worse than he thinks. She forces him to see in his mind's eye the horror inside the gas chambers at Auschwitz. This is meaninglessness plus, meaninglessness deliberately meant. Physics tells us, though, that there is another dimension to reality. Could it be that in this other dimension what is meaningless in our present dimension might have meaning? Can we not hope? No, he can't, no he can't. They dance.

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Jim Wheelwright, disabled and bitterly comic

Jim sees his confinement as a metaphor for the disablement of England. In the accident when he was driving his wife, Julie was killed and he disabled. His comedy covers up his tender, lamenting, mournful sorrow. She was, he now realizes, the most wonderful thing in the world, a woman, his woman. But he never noticed. He thought she was just ordinary. He reduced what was wonderful to banality and emptiness. Just like England. But he cannot bring her back.Too late.

Males, aged 18 and over from United Kingdom

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one female to act in hour long Plastic England

Bitterly satirical Jim sees his confinement in a wheelchair as a metaphor for the disablement of England. Julie was killed and he left disabled. In a dream his carer, Mavis, arrives in a flash of lightning. She is his alter ego, his inner duo in lacerating self-mockery. Their comedy covers up his tender, lamenting, mournful sorrow. She was the most wonderful thing in the world, a woman, his woman but he never noticed. But now too late

Females, aged 18 and over from United Kingdom

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Michael in hour long 7/7

Michael is a hard-nosed investment banker. He treats his wife abominably but he is anguished by his memory of their former love, the wonder of how they fell in love in Venice. Sex is Darwinian but we are cursed with Platonic illusions. Rosemary is killed in 7/7. He is shattered. It's the meaninglessness of it, Darwinian random accident happening to you. His inner self, Michaela, tries to persuade him there is another dimension in which it might make sense. Can he believe that? No

Males, aged 18 and over from United Kingdom

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One female in hour long 7/7.

Michaela is the inner self of Michael, a hard-nosed investment banker. Michael treats his wife abominably and his inner self, Michaela, tries to restrain his simmering anger. She perseveres, though. 'He's a selfish bastard but he's my selfish bastard.' Rosemary is killed in the London tube bombings. He is shattered. Comforting voices only deepen his despair. Michaela forces him to see in his mind's eye the horror of Auschwitz. Surely this cannot be the end? They dance.

Females, aged 18 and over from United Kingdom

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Listing created: 11 March 2019
Applications close: 30 April 2019
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