An Act of a Script Using Director's Instructions and Dialogue
Note that none of the characters except Angela are named so the
audience do not connect with the characters and they instead focus on
the isolation Angela is feeling.
Curtains open to a sitting room in a house. The room is full of
cabinets, bookshelves, sofas and a television. A 9-year-old child we
know to be Angela sits on the sofa staring gloomily at her feet, while
her mother sits in the chair opposite her.
MOTHER: Is this about your dad?
ANGELA: (Stiffly). I don't even remember my dad.
MOTHER: Angelaâ€¦. why do you never talk to me about it?
ANGELA: Because I know all about it, you hate him and he hates you so
you are not living together anymore.
MOTHER: (Sighing). We do not hate each other weâ€¦.
ANGELA: (Shouting). Then why are you not together? You hate dad, dad
hates you and I hate you too.
MOTHER: (Fighting back tears) Is that why you keep playing with the
matches? Is it because you hate me?
MOTHER: Why then Angela? Why go to all the trouble of climbing up on
chairs to reach them? (No reply) Why do you keep disobeying my rules?
I have them for a purposeâ€¦so you do not get hurt!
ANGELA: No you do not; you have rules so you can make sure I have no
MOTHER: That is not true at all, what would have happened if you had
burned yourself, then dropped that match and set fire to the house.
Who could have saved you if I was upstairs, and you were nowhere near
an exit? (No response except a slight shuffling) You better start
obeying my rules or things are going to get very unpleasant round
here. Meanwhile you can go to your room and think about what you have
done, no television and no computer.
ANGELA: (Shouting) That is not fair! Not fair! Not fair! (In tears)
You are really horrible! It is not fair! I hate you!
MOTHER: Go to your room! Don't you dare talk to me like that, when all
I have tried to do is talk to you. Just go to your room.
Angela, still crying and screaming' it is not fair', runs off stage.
Lights dim to blackout and curtains fall.
Curtains open to a primary school playground. Children cluster
together in random groups some sitting, some standing, some motionless
and talking and others moving exaggeratedly in midst of a jest or a
game. There is a clear divide between girls and boys except for one
group. This group is louder than the other groups, stage front and
open to the audience, whereas the other groups are fairly closed.
GIRL 1: She is really mean; she would not even talk to me!
GIRL 2: Yeah, she thinks that she is great when she is not.
BOY 1: Have you...