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The Supermarket Sisterhood

    by Devon Williamson


       

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Comedy Play Script: 'The Supermarket Sisterhood' by Devon WilliamsonSynopsis

All is not well at Discount Co. The suburban supermarket has seen better days and, ominously, the long-time owner has just sold out to a bean-counting accountant who has fresh ideas on how to turn a profit.

It is all going to have a serious impact on the lives of the checkout chicks – doyenne Barbara, the neurotic Michelle, and recent migrant Aisha.

When the new owner – who is only ever heard intoning instructions to staff in a dull monotone over the store intercom in the menacing style of Big Brother in Orwell’s 1984 – decides to install automatic self-service tills, the checkout chicks declare war in a desperate bid to save their threatened jobs. Complicating the picture are the customers, among them former owner Jim Everson, the love-struck, boisterous twin terrors Susan and Sharon, as well as Michelle’s boyfriend from the meat department, Rob.

Poor Barbara cannot imagine life outside Discount Co, having worked there for 35 years – “I am the original checkout chick,” she tells us – so when her cunning plan to engage ‘Sven’ to undermine the new ‘robots’ turns to disaster, she comes up with an even more drastic solution. But even she cannot foresee the twists that fate has in store.
 

Duration

110 mins approx

Characters

(2m, 5f + extras)

  • Barbara - early 60s, mother to grown up children, divorced a long, long time ago, life has not been an easy one, and as a result she has developed a hard shell, resistant to change
  • Michelle - late 20s to early 40s, tends towards being highly-strung and susceptible to anxiety, engaged to Rob who also works at the supermarket
  • Aisha - mid 20s to early 30s, an immigrant with a Master’s Degree in the field of technology, her English though accented is excellent, sunny and fun loving personality
  • Rob - appropriately aged to match his fiancé Michelle, butcher at the supermarket, tends to be down to earth, happy to go with the flow, and avoiding of conflict
  • Mr Everson - 65, recently retired former owner of the supermarket, he has dedicated his life to the supermarket, now retired is looking for adventure, his sense of propriety stopped him from pursuing the relationship with Barbara he would have liked
  • Brian - 20s/30s, visits Aisha every day, unknown to Brian his social skills are lacking at times, appears a little mean spirited and unintelligent, he is neither of those things
  • Susan - 60s, a busybody, regular customer, tends to dominate her best friend Sharon
  • Sharon - 60s, Susan's best friend, a busybody, regular customer
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