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Love At Last

    by Raymond Hopkins



Synopsis

Comedy Play Script: 'Love At Last' by Raymond Hopkins

Frank and Rose Saunders have been married for fifty-two years, and are now living at ‘Autumn Glade’, a small Retirement Complex. There are five other residents living on the complex, and although they have a wide diversity of backgrounds, the group are reasonably happy living together, and life is good.

However, on the day Lyn Brown, a young female Care Assistant, starts working at the complex, a spate of robberies ensue. The residents are thrown into turmoil with everyone feeling uneasy about the situation. Frank takes charge of investigating the crime and suggests they set up a sting operation by leaving a valuable item on display and all take turns to observe what happens. The operation is put into place and almost immediately Lyn removes the item whilst covertly being watched by Katy Turner, one of the residents.

Katy, who is profoundly deaf, is mortified and tells Frank what has happened. The residents are split over what they should do next. The days pass by with nothing being resolved until Katy, who has just had her ears syringed and can now hear perfectly, overhears a phone call made by Frank to a Pawnbroker, this changes everything.

In the meantime, love is in the air at ‘Autumn Glade.’ Jack Bowden, a Bachelor, has fallen in love with one of the female residents, and is about to propose to her – who will it be?  The local Vicar, who frequently calls in to offer prayers and guidance, is painfully shy and is trying to pluck up the courage to ask Lyn to go out with him.

Another resident, Martha Hollis, has received notification she has inherited a fortune from a distant relative which will make a difference to everyone living at Autumn Glade.   

An excellent comedy for groups with older cast members.

Written in 2010, this play has enjoyed outstanding success.

Characters

(3m, 7f)

  • Rose Saunders - 72, Frank’s wife of 52 years, resident, poorly educated, timid, subservient, has six children
  • Frank Saunders - 75, Rose’s husband, resident, treats his wife with contempt, male chauvinist pig, thinks he is God’s gift to the world, uncouth and illiterate, not the most likeable person, (Suggestion – mispronounces words which are underlined in script)
  • Helen Braithwaite - 77, resident, well-educated, immaculate in appearance, looks good for her age, speaks with clear, posh diction, been used to a very good standard of living, her husband died 5 years ago, after which, her two sons persuaded her to move into Autumn Glade
  • Carol Webb - 42, care assistant,  very smart and well-groomed, full of confidence, divorced and living alone, has been working as a care assistant for many years
  • Martha Hollis - 70, resident, slim and attractive, kind and considerate, her husband died 40 years ago, not much money, no children
  • Rev. David Hester - 30, local vicar, just moved into the area, more concerned with saving souls than personal appearance, genuine caring person, not married
  • Susan Jones - 68, resident, dresses in bright-coloured clothes with bangles and beads, clairvoyant, has had 6 husbands, now on her own, enjoys a drink or two, very superstitious, tactile
  • Katy Turner - 81, resident, profoundly deaf, shabbily dressed, her husband died about 10 years ago, frail and slight in build, one daughter who visits regularly
  • Jack Bowden - 73, resident, smartly dressed and good looking, painfully shy, well-spoken, kind and caring, bachelor
  • Lyn Brown - 25, care assistant, good-looking and slim, well-educated, hard­working, honest, just started as a care assistant


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