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Emery, Phil (British playwright, writer, lecturer, 1958-____), “Sirens,”

a 40-minute experimental in English, set in Cornwall, United Kingdom, various times over months, 2000,


 •  © 2000 by Phil Emery;  •  script/rights available from Phil Emery, 21 Ferndown Drive, Clayton,  Newcastle, Staffs, ST5 4BP, England, e-mail ada00@keele.ac.uk, telephone (home/work) 01782-625765.  •  Cited by Phil Emery, via ftp April 7, 2000; Emery says,

  §  “Dramatis Personae Adam (m), 30, an author; Samantha (f), 25, an American journalist.

  §  “Synopsis “Adam,  an author attempting to write a book about Authurian Cornwall, has driven his Caravet to a cliff top in Cornwall for inspiration. Samantha is an American journalist on vacation, her affair with a mysterious man in the States recently having come to a traumatic end. Adam obsesses with the ghost of a woman he has seen from his cliff top. When she stops appearing he takes to drinking heavily in a Truro pub where he meets Samantha. They form a relationship, but on a playgoing visit to the Minack open-air theatre, she inexplicably encounters her former lover, for whom old memories stir. Adam, also, finds himself tied to his ‘siren.’ Adam, caught between the reality of Samantha and the etherial reality of his ghost, must decide between the two. ‘Two cliffs, Adam. Which one?’

  §  “Comment “Staging requires a multipurpose set with three acting areas (one of which can be the seating area if that is tiered). The play has twelve scenes (average scene about four minutes) with rapid movement from area to area. Atmospheric lighting and sound play a large part.”

  §  “Themes ambiguity, experiment, love, reality.

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