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Biss, Andrew (British playwright, ____-____), “Indigenous Peoples,”

a 40-minute comedy in English, set in a campsite in the Lake District, England, late afternoon, 2001,


  •  © 2001 by Andrew Biss;  •  script/rights available from Andrew Biss, e-mail andrewbiss@hotmail.com.  •  Cited by Andrew Biss via ftp February 17, 2001; Biss says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Caroline (f), 25, spoiled and self-absorbed; Roger (m), 25, her boyfriend, inhibited.

  §  Synopsis “Over a bottle of wine, Roger and Caroline embark upon an awkward discussion regarding the lack of intimacy in their relationships with others. Later, as nature calls, Caroline’s fear of being overheard while relieving herself compels her to venture further afield in search of a more private area. Terror strikes, however, when she is convinced that she's been bitten by a snake – also in a private area. Too far from help, Roger attempts to remove the venom in the only way he knows how, sending Caroline reeling from desperation to exultation and inadvertently shifting their relationship to a level of intimacy that had once seemed unattainable.

  §  Comment “The play concerns two young urbanites who come to discover the joy of nature and togetherness, as well as the thrill of the great outdoors—though not in quite the way they’d anticipated.  •  One simple set, no scene changes. First presented by The Union Theatre, London, 2001, to critical acclaim: “My favourite [play of the evening] is Andrew Biss’ ‘Indigenous Peoples.’ . . . Hilarious”—The Stage / “Andrew Biss proves that simplicity can be far more engaging with ‘Indigenous Peoples.’ . . . Biss’ writing is warm and funny”—Time Out / “An extremely funny masterpiece of Cowardesque dialogue.”—Theatreworld Internet Magazine.”

  §  Themes abandonment, camping, discovery, dysfunctional relationships, inhibition, intimacy, love, sex, snake.

See also Andrew Biss’:
  • Cuthbert’s Last Stand,” a 40-minute comedy in English, set in the drawing room of Mrs. Pennington-South’s London home, late afternoon, 2001, 2m1f
  • An Embarrassing Odour,” a 15-minute dark comedy in English, set in the living room of Ethel's East London home, night, 2000, 1m1f
  • A Familiar Face,” a 40-minute dark comedy in English, set in a London café, afternoon, 2000, 2f
  • An Honest Mistake,” a 15-minute dark comedy in English, set in the kitchen of Madge and Stan’s home in London, evening, 2000, 1m1f
  • The One-Eyed Guru,” a 40-minute drama in English, set in the living room of Jack and Rachel's London flat, 11:30 p.m., 2001, 1m1f

  • A Slip of the Tongue,” a 15-minute dark farce in English, set in an office in the solicitors firm of Reams & Ramsbottom, morning, 2000, 1m1f

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