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Black Comedy Play: 'Digs' by Tony LaytonDuring their Bonfire Night party, Sara catches her husband Ben with her drunk sister Brigid wrapped round him, assumes the worst and throws him out.

Although the result of an entirely innocent incident with Brigid, Ben reluctantly agrees, and is forced to take lodgings until he can convince Sara of his innocence.

Thus, Ben arrives at the Mrs Schiller's boarding house. With spartan accommodation and an ageing Austrian landlady, he is plunged into a bizarre series of conversations with her, and flashbacks with Sara and his parents

His wild imagination portrays Mrs Schiller as a Teutonic prison warder after she takes away all his clothes, and his inability to leave the room until she returns them, lets him take stock of his married life.

'Digs' is a play with some poignant vignettes on family and married life, and a contrasting comedic thread throughout.

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


40 mins approx


(4m, 4f)

  • Ben Freeman - 40ish, right, professional
  • Sara Freeman - Ben's wife, attractive and confident
  • Brigid - Ben's sister-in-law
  • Mrs Schiller - 80s, a strong, squat woman with a teutonic accent
  • Dad - Ben's father, brusque upper middle-class type
  • Mum - Ben's mother, gentle foil for her husband
  • Male Guest
  • Policeman
If available numbers are limited, it would be possible for four enterprising players to perform the play as follows :-
Ben, Sara/Mum, Brigid/Mrs Schiller, Male Guest/Dad/Policeman

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