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Living Doll



Play Script: 'Living Doll' by Anne Gawthorpe & Lesley BownKevin has never left home or had a girlfriend but after his mother dies he hopes that will all change. He fantasises a glamorous jet-setting lifestyle although he lives off takeaway pizza and watches a lot of TV. 

He hasn’t bargained though for his Aunty Iris, who plans to take his mother’s place and marry him off to her daughter Melanie. 

While sorting through his parents’ things he finds a blow-up life-size doll from 1959, still in its wrapper.  He pumps her up for a laugh and to his surprise she comes to life.  He soon learns that she yearns for respectability and a fur coat, but has no idea how to use a microwave. 

At first Dolores and Iris are at loggerheads, but when Melanie runs away with the window cleaner Iris decides to take Dolly under her wing and teach her how to cook liver and manage a man. Dolores blows herself up a bit more so she can pretend to be pregnant and get out of the housework.  It’s all spiralling out of control. 

Now all Kevin wants is a quiet life, but how will he manage it?


45 mins approx


(1m, 2f)

  • Kevin - 39, has always lived at home but has big dreams
  • Aunty Iris - early 60s, garrulous and controlling, lives through others
  • Dolores - ageless, a blow-up doll come to life, childlike


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