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Pretzels For Dinner

    by Janet Shaw


Black Comedy Play Script: 'Pretzels For Dinner' by Janet Shaw

What happens when a woman loses her identity and becomes lost in domesticity? Ann Johnson knows exactly what happens, because it happened to her. One day she was a young woman with hopes, dreams and expectations. In the blink of an eye she was middle-aged with two grown up children and her dreams lost somewhere between Asda and Iceland. Fate takes a hand and suddenly she is on her own, lost in the unfamiliar world of high-tech gadgets and un-paid bills.

Somehow she has to act before she disappears into a quagmire of self-loathing and insecurity. With the help (or hindrance) from her somewhat interfering next- door neighbour Hilary, Ann starts to re-build her life. Can she find a way to start learning to love herself again and to re-kindle the life she once envisaged.

Her husband Bill, although gone, is not going to let her achieve her goals without trying to interfere for one last time. A poignant and sometimes hilarious look at life, love, marriage and unfulfilled ambitions.


(2m, 4f, 1m/f))

Bill Johnson - 50-60, a man with 'traditional' attitudes on the place of women in the home
Ann Johnson - 45-55, his wife with a strong sense of maternal and domestic duty
Sam (m/f) - 18-25, their son/daughter
Kara - 18-25, their daughter
Hilary - 35-45, their neighbour. Knows a little about a lot, a kind-hearted nosey-parker
Irene - Bill's sister. Out for what she can get
Tom - an acquaintance of Ann

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