Loading... Please wait...


Is There Anybody There?

    by Martin Paul Roche

Drama Play Script: 'Is There Anybody There?' by Martin Paul Roche


Sue has spent her life married to an empty space. Her husband. A man who wasn’t ever there; not with her anyhow. And she fooled herself into thinking her manufactured life had been manufactured by her. But a perfect life is not always what it seems, and her husband made her realise that.

When Sue meets Ann, an employee of her late husband, she finds a soul mate in more ways than one. And following a chance conversation, they hatch a plan to laugh, to drink, to joke and to make fun with impunity about the afterlife and those who ask the question: “Is there anybody there?” But life can bring with it unexpected turns and what begins as a joke soon becomes much more.

‘Is There Anybody There?’ explores a range of emotions, expectations and fears. It questions what motivates us, what we want out of life ... and what we think about what might come after it. It explores friendship and what we expect from it and then within the cracks between relationships, what is really going on and what happens when it goes wrong and why.

Finally, it considers those times when we are alone and assess our lives with that inner monologue we all rehearse; what part of us is actually speaking and what part answers us back? The journey the characters go on begins and ends in two very different places and the question of the piece is not resolved ... that is a matter for the audience to decide. What will you decide? Was anybody there?

See 'Video Clips' above for a walk-through of the set.
This play is also available in a collection of four of Martin's plays: 'Life, Love, Loss & Laughter, Volume 1'. 



  • Sue - 35/45, attractive, slim. Always well, and expensively, dressed. She is self-assured, hard, bitter, in humour and in anger. Underneath and later, she is vulnerable, and her demons come home to roost.
  • Ann - 35/45, business like, ‘safe’, initially, but there is a feeling that now and again, her character suggests that there is more to her, unexpected, uncharacteristic. In the beginning, she comes across as a person who sees in Sue an opportunity to be somebody very different, have a laugh, take risks. A trusted friend. But in resolution, she is dark, manipulative, chilling.
  • The Woman - 35/45, a complicated character and very difficult to read, judge, categorise who or what she is. She is controlled, unemotional, expressionless, detached, calm, precise, articulate. At no point is anything said which indicates the nature of what she represents. I think to have the audience never having any definitive answer is the crux of the piece; let them imagine who or what she is. For the premiere she was simply dressed: jeans, white T-shirt and bare feet.
If required, the actors/characters could be younger by making a few minor changes to their dialogue.

  • Preview E-Script (Is There Anybody There?)
    £0.00 Preview E-Script (Is There Anybody There?)
    A free preview script containing a significant part of the full script and provided as a pdf file sized for A4 paper.
  • E-Script (Is There Anybody There?)
    £3.99 E-Script (Is There Anybody There?)
    The full script provided as a pdf file for A4 size paper. You have a maximum of three attempts to download the file which will expire after 30 days. You are licensed to print this once for your personal use. If you want to...
  • Printed Script (Is There Anybody There?)
    £7.99 Printed Script (Is There Anybody There?)
    A printed script provided as an A5 paperback acting edition. You are licensed to use this for your personal use. If you want to make multiple copies for use at rehearsals, a Script Copying Licence is required in addition...
  • Script Copying Licence (Is There Anybody There?)
    £14.99 Script Copying Licence (Is There Anybody There?)
    If you've bought an e-script or a printed script, this licence permits you to make copies of it for rehearsal use.  PLEASE NOTE: The licence will be e-mailed to you as an A4 pdf file - it is not instantly downloadable...
  • Royalty Quotation Form (FL)
    Royalty Quotation Form (FL)
    The rights to perform and record for all the titles in our catalogue are managed by Stagescripts Ltd. You should not assume that a licence to perform will always be granted. Please request a quotation at the earliest...