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“Conversations with a Twenty-Four Piece Dinner Service”

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Davies, Gareth (British playwright, 1980-____), “Conversations with a Twenty-Four Piece Dinner Service,”

a 30-minute comedy drama in English, set in a modern bathroom, mid-afternoon, April, 2000,


 •  © 2000 by Gareth Davies; in Gareth Davies’ Conversations with a Twenty-Four Piece Dinner Service (Oswestry, Shropshire, United Kingdom: The Author, 2002);  •  script/rights available from Gareth Davies, 13 Oak Drive, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 2RU, United Kingdom, telephone (home) 07970 659639, e-mail the_wise_llama@hotmail.com.  •  Cited by Gareth Davies via ftp, October 19, 2002; Davies says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Peter (m), middle aged, husband; Marion (f), middle aged, wife.

  §  Synopsis “Peter is married to a psychopath. He has locked himself in the bathroom of his house, whilst she, his wife Marion systematically destroys their crockery downstairs. But Peter’s story isn’t entirely true. When Marion finally appears to tell her side of the story, she paints an entirely different picture of an unhappy marriage, for very different reasons to Peter’s.

  §  Comment “Who is responsible, and how will they resolve their differences?  •  One scene, simple setting, no special effects. Continuous action.  •  Premiered at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, April, 2000, and subsequently in the United States.

  §  Themes bathroom, communication, destruction, dysfunctional marriage, middle age, perspective, psychopathology.
See also Gareth Davies’

  • Breakfast with Tiffany,” a 40-minute tragi-comedy in English, set in a one-room bedsit, morning, the day of a wedding, 2000, 1m1f
  • Syllabub Hotel,” a 30-minute drama in English, set in an anonymous hotel room, mid-afternoon, the final Friday of a regular two- month span, 2000, 1m1f
  • Three Men in a Basket,” a 40-minute tragi-comedy in English set in a hot-air balloon, February, 2000, 3m or 3f

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