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A Quiet Night In

    by Tony Edwards


       

Synopsis

Aggie Spratt is getting really worried about the lack of money coming into the household. Husband Frank is out of work but spends most of his out of work allowance up the Pig and Whistle, whilst her daughter Monica contributes very little, preferring to spend her wages on ‘nights out with the boys’! When Frank’s best mate Alf calls one afternoon, Aggie discusses the situation with him. Alf advises a counsellor, but Aggie decides a simpler route. If Frank and Monica don’t go out so much, they would all save money. So, she decides that she will start with a quiet night in, when they can all play parlour games, and talk about their relationships.

When Frank and Monica hear about this plan they protest violently, but Aggie insists. Frank asks Alf to stay for moral support, telling him that they can at least watch a film on the telly – and then discovers that the telly is missing! Aggie reminds Frank in no uncertain terms that the telly was rented, and rent is another word for money – something that they lack!

They finally settle down to play games which include I Spy, Charades and Dominoes. However, it is not long before events are being constantly interrupted by the incessant ringing of the telephone. There are sales calls, complaining neighbours, and boyfriends which have Frank, Aggie and Monica jumping up and down like yo-yos. They even have a visit from roving Evangelists, but the man-mad Monica soon makes them realise that there is nothing or no one worth saving in the Spratt household!

Frank losing out to Monica in a game of dominoes is the last straw, just as mayhem breaks loose with phones and doorbells ringing all at once and everyone shouting at everyone else. Aggie can stand it no longer and gives Frank and Monica money to go out for the night. Suddenly peace reigns, and Aggie settles down with a nice cup of tea for a quiet night in… and then…!

This is another typical uproarious evening with Frank and Aggie at their conflicting best!

Duration

40-50 mins approx

Characters

(2m, 2f)

  • Aggie
  • Alf
  • Frank
  • Monica

       


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