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Movers

    by Tony Layton


     

Synopsis

Drama Play Script: 'Movers' by Tony LaytonFour removal men are involved in a house clearance. It's the large house on the hill that housed the Cartwright family, a once powerful industrial dynasty that has now been reduced to bankruptcy.

In the midst of the organised chaos of furniture removal, the four men all have a different tale to tell. Roy, the foreman was employed by the Cartwrights some time ago, and has vivid memories of the collapse of their business empire. Alf remembers 'the old days' with mixed feelings - his brush with an aristocratic young ladies' father colouring his views slightly. Willie bemoans the fact that as he gets older his skills are less in demand, and the youngster Spike has problems with his parents trying to dictate his lifestyle and future plans.

Daphne Cartwright arrives to say goodbye to the house where she was happy before her husband died. She is suffering from early senile dementia and thinks that the removal men are her house staff and can't understand what they doing there.

The play is a symbol of all our destinies. The great can crumble and the weak can survive, especially if they are sustained by a sense of humour. We all have our tragedies, we usually survive, and life moves on. If you have the ability to laugh at yourself, it helps.

Also available in the anthology 'Dreams And Delusions (Vol 2)' together with 'Digs' and 'Something Beginning With C'


Duration

40 mins approx

Characters

(4m, 2f)

Peter 'Spike' Thorn - a teenager, 18, bright, professional-class renegade
Alf Stone - middle-aged ex-seaman from Liverpool, a natural comedian
Willie Voss - an immigrant German Jew, 60's, an educated aesthete
Roy 'Cowboy' Horton - leader of the moving men
Mrs Daphne Cartwright - octogenarian, a victim of senile dementia
Heather - a young nurse

     


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