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Roy Brown: Reclaiming Stonehenge

    by Derek Webb


       

Comedy Play Script: 'Roy Brown: Reclaiming Stonehenge' by Derek Webb

Synopsis

If Scotland can get back the Stone of Scone, Greece wants the Elgin marbles back and India wants its Koh-i-noor  diamond, why shouldn’t Wales have the Stonehenge bluestones back? 

The play starts with Roy and Emma walking the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire.  Emma points out one stone with astrological powers and tells Roy about the history of the area and its association with Stonehenge.  The idea begins to take shape in Roy’s mind of starting a campaign to have the bluestones returned to their rightful place in Wales. He forms Carreg Glas and the group starts by trying to enlist the support of members of the Welsh Assembly with little success.

Roy’s friend Jane knows many members of a local eco-community who are about to be evicted.  Roy turns up to help and during an interview with a local newspaper makes his case for bringing back the bluestones from Wiltshire.   This results in more support for his ‘cause’ and the newly enlarged Carreg Glas stages a protest by blocking the Severn crossing and Severn bridge with camper vans which causes great media interest.  In particular, the owner of a local theme park offers to sponsor the removal of Stonehenge back to Pembrokeshire.  He can see distinct possibilities of the attraction, especially when coupled to a new white-knuckle ride…

Everything appears to be going well until Roy starts receiving more mail, some of which appears to be from irate Druids who remind him in no uncertain terms of Stonehenge’s association with sacrifices, and how he could be instrumental in revitalising the ritual. Rattled, Roy quickly backtracks and persuades the other members of Carreg Glas that it would be a far better idea to create a replica Stonehenge instead. They set to work, and then an American turns up who’s interested in exporting the stones across the Atlantic…


Duration

100 mins approx

Characters

(4m, 6f, 2m/f)

  • Emma:  30s – 40s, an earnest friend of Roy’s, very interested in local history and archaeology, steady, pragmatic
  • Roy: 30s- 40s, the founder of Carreg Las, likeable and always willing to trumpet some cause or other, but often with his own self-interest in mind, but likeable, Estuary-type
  • Jane: 20s – 40s, friend of Roy’s who also enjoys getting involved with ‘causes’ and throws herself into them, bright, enthusiastic, motivated
  • Rhys:  20s – 40s, another friend of Roy’s, similar to Jane quiet, dependable, but dedicated
  • Sian:  20s – 40s, lives in an eco-community in Pembrokeshire with other like-minded souls, earnest, dedicated
  • Sheila: 50s - 60s, Mother Earth type, would have been a Hippy first time around
  • Sean:  20s–30s, another eco-community member
  • Police Officer: 30s–50s, a typical ‘only doing my job’ police officer (m/f)
  • Reporter: 20s-30s, young, eager newspaper reporter (m/f)
  • Morwena: 40s-60s, psychic and more than a bit wierd
  • Motorist: 40s-60s,  an irate woman
  • Radio Announcer: pre-recorded (m/f)
  • American: 40s-60s, loud, brash American owner of shopping malls (m)

       

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