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Whatever Happened To Ruby Quicksilver?

    by Janet Shaw


Comedy Play: 'Whatever Happened To Ruby Quicksilver' by Janet Shaw

After turning her back on a glittering pop career, Ruby Quicksilver (now known as Francesca Morgan) opts for a quiet life running a boutique hotel in the mountains on the Costa Del Sol.

Life is good until the recession hits and the hotel starts to struggle. An opportunity arises to boost trade when a rogue fire results in the evacuation of the nearby Hotel Plaza in Fuengirola, but Frankie’s quiet life and anonymity are disrupted by the unexpected guests. Amongst the new arrivals are an old flame of Frankie’s, now married, with the wife from hell; two brothers, one of which is a total sex pest and who seems intent of upsetting the regular German clientele; and three girls on a hen do, one of them harbouring a dark secret which will wreck the life of the bride-to-be.

Throw in Frankie’s daughter Grace (who has left college to become a singer, much to her mother’s dismay) and the local sex-siren Venus, who isn’t exactly who she says she is, and temperatures begin to rise.

Watch the fireworks ignite as the story reaches an explosive climax. A very funny, and sometimes poignant, look at the lives of a diverse group of people who are inadvertently thrown together.


110 mins approx (exc interval)


Principals (4m, 6f)

  Frankie Morgan - 40's, softly spoken, a lovely lady, was previously 'Ruby Quicksilver', a rock/pop singer
  Jamie - 30's, assistant manager
  Cliff Wright - 40's, knew Ruby before losing losing touch with her, married Mavis, anything for a quiet life now
  Mavis Wright - 40's, a horrible, nagging, moaning woman
  Rich - 20's, loudmouthed, sexist, dislikeable, thinks he's the life and soul of the party
  Chris - 20's, Rich's brother, likeable, sensible
  Jo - 20's, a bride-to-be away on a hen weekend, innocent, unaware of her fiance's doubts and indiscretions
  Carrie - 20's, one of the hen party, selfish and manipulative, has recently slept with Tom, Jo's fiance.
  Amy - 20's knows about Carrie and Tom, tries to maintain the status quo, acts as a go-between
  Grace - 20's, Frankie's daughter, training to be a lawyer in London, wants to be a singer, strained relationship
Support (1f, 1m/f)
  Venus - any age, sexy and attractive, lots of make-up, big wig, short skirt, plays a man in drag
  Waiter/ess - any age, bringing on drinks, clearing glasses, etc (could be a stage hand)

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