Loading... Please wait...


Feeding The Ducks

    by Michael Park

Best Play & Best Actress - Scarborough Drama Festival 
Scarborough, 1999
Best Actor - AETF Heats
York, 1999
... and many others since!


Drama Play Script: 'Feeding The Ducks' by Michael Park

It is midday and Clare, a successful web site designer, is ostensibly simply taking her lunch break in the open air. Little do her staff know that this is a regular arrangement she has with her married lover, Frank, who runs another small business in the same building. 

It’s going to be different today, though, because Clare has given him an ultimatum - divorce his wife and devote himself totally to her, and, as an added bonus, amalgamate his business with hers. But when she arrives, there is no sign of him, just a young man sitting on a bench feeding the ducks. 

Reluctantly, she gets into conversation with Billy, only to discover that he is, or so he claims, ‘educationally challenged’. Revelling in her mental superiority, she takes him to task for being ‘a spoilt mother’s boy’ while waiting impatiently for her lover to appear not later than high noon. But there is no sign of Frank at the designated time, so she vows to end the affair right then and there. 

When Billy admits to knowing far more about the lovers than he really should, it turns out there happens to be a connection between Clare, Frank and Billy’s mother, a cleaner at their nearby offices. Increasingly chillingly, we learn there is more to Billy than meets the eye. Not only is he a natural with computers, but he has used this knowledge to decoy Frank into the park early, intent on taking revenge against the man for sacking his mother following complaints from ‘the woman in the office upstairs’. 

Ultimately, Clare’s only hope of survival is her mobile phone but annoyingly it takes this exact moment to run right out of battery power.

Simple to stage - a bench and atmospheric lighting - ‘Feeding the Ducks’ has proved to be a regular drama festival award winner in the UK and is also a popular choice for British ex-pat groups in Europe and elsewhere.


35 mins approx


(1m, 1f)

  • Billy:20-30, rather backward with a simple approach to life, but also has hidden talents which become apparent as the play progresses
  • Clare:20-40, a forceful, no-nonsense business woman, attracted to men but harbours a goodly dose of contempt for their weaknesses, is prepared to use men to get on in life.

Now get your free preview script or order other items ...
  • Preview E-Script (Feeding The Ducks)
    £0.00 Preview E-Script (Feeding The Ducks)
    A free preview script containing a significant part of the full script and provided as a pdf file sized for A4 paper.
  • E-Script (Feeding The Ducks)
    £3.25 E-Script (Feeding The Ducks)
    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 (Feeding The Ducks)
    £6.99 Printed Script (Feeding The Ducks)
    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 (Feeding The Ducks)
    £11.99 Script Copying Licence (Feeding The Ducks)
    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 (1A+)
    Royalty Quotation Form (1A+)
    The rights to perform and record for all the titles in our catalogue are managed by Stagescripts Ltd. A royalty fee must be paid: whether or not the play is presented as a charity event, whether or not an admission fee...