And The Racket They Made
By Steve McMahon
A black comedy. A year has passed since Dylan died and his sisters are getting everyone together for one last send off. After a year of change everyone’s ready to move on.
A country cottage, modern day.
June 2010. Directed by Steve Small.
Mixed cast of 9: 6 female, 3 male
Recommended for performers aged
Recommended for audiences aged
TOBY: What is it?
TOBY: What’s wrong?
JACK: Nothing really.
TOBY: Don’t lie to me now, boy. Uncle Toby knows better.
JACK: Since you mentioned it.
TOBY: You want to pop the question to Em?
JACK: No! Of course not.
TOBY: No I didn’t mean . . .
TOBY: I didn’t mean marry . . .
JACK: Oh so . . .
TOBY: It was a . . .
JACK: It was a . . .
TOBY: Figure of . . .
JACK: Speech. I see.
TOBY: But you are going to . . .
JACK: What? To what?
TOBY: Tell her.
JACK: How I . . .
TOBY: Feel. Yes?
JACK: Oh I see. Um, can you help?
TOBY: Probably not. I think you’re way beyond help, my friend. But I’ll try.
JACK: So. What do I do?
TOBY: Just tell her how you feel. Be sensitive: women like that. Soft. Voice. Come on; let’s hear your soft voice.
JACK: What shall I say?
TOBY: Say: ‘I thought you should know that I love you’.
JACK: I thought you should know that I love you.
TOBY: Yeah say that.
JACK: I just did.
TOBY: What? You were going to say it like that?
JACK: Why not?
TOBY: That’s convincing no one. Come on, more passion.
JACK: (almost angrily) I thought you should know that I love you.
TOBY: You sound like you’re making threats down a phone line. At least try to be normal.
Steve is an actor and writer from Edinburgh. He is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, where he won the Lawrence Langner Award.
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