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Clairvoyant

    by Philip Meeks



Thriller Drama Play Script: 'Clairvoyant' by Philip MeeksYesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there.
He wasn’t there again today,
Oh, how I wish he’d go away.

Edgar Fabian was once the most famous psychic in Britain.  He attracted huge crowds to his readings, demanded high fees and enjoyed an international following.  Nobody ever caught him out or proved him to be fraudulent. To many he truly had the gift. The real deal.  Maybe it was the fear that his powers were genuine that led to him vanishing from the clairvoyant circuit. Disappearing almost overnight. As if he’d never existed

Two decades later he lives an isolated existence in a crumbling seaside town where he mourns the death of his beloved wife and struggles to survive. Influential investigative journalist Amanda Sydney has tracked him down.  He’s eventually allowed her into his upstairs flat to meet him face to face.  Because she’s presented him with an offer her can’t afford to refuse.  A lucrative sum for an interview about his career, his unique ability and why he stepped away from his success.

As Edgar starts to give Amanda her interview, the couples secrets come to the surface and the layers of their lives are peeled away. There’s a dangerous cat and mouse game underway, for neither Edgar nor Amanda are telling the truth. Neither are entirely what they seem.  And they are not alone.  An evil spirit is waiting to manifest and its strength is growing.  It has brought them together and as it toys with them its true intent becomes clear. Soon both Edgar and Amanda will be in a battle for not only their lives but their very souls.

With shocks and twists and a genuinely horrific ending 'Clairvoyant' is a truly terrifying and claustrophobic chiller that puts an exhilarating new spin on the supernatural play.

Originally entitled 'The Man Who Wasn't There' the play toured the UK in 2011 starring Philip Madoc and Cathy Shipton, and then, due to Philip Madoc's ill health, Brian Capron and Cathy Shipton.


Characters

(1m, 1f)

Principals

  Edgar Fabian : 60s, the clairvoyant
  Amanda Sydney : 40s, a journalist

Support

  David : 10, Amanda’s dead son (non-speaking role, face unseen)
  Cassie : Edgar’s dead neighbour (non-speaking role, face unseen)

Note: The zombie-like appearance of Cassie in the last scene could possibly be played by the actor playing Amanda if a quick costume change can be achieved, otherwise another actor or a member of the stage crew will be needed.



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