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“Situation Vacant”

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Hornby, Ian R. (British playwright, writer, 1949-____), “Situation Vacant,” a 30-minute comedy in English, set in a rliving room, anywhere, time varies throughout two days, 2000,

1m1f (female plays six roles);

  •  © 2000 by Ian R. Hornby;  •  script/rights available from Ian R. Hornby, 13 Mossgrove Road, Timperley, Altrincham, Cheshire WA15 6LF, England, e-mail ian.hornby1@btinternet.com, telephone (home) +44-161-283-1924.  •  Cited by Ian R. Hornby via ftp December 3, 2001; Hornby  says,

  §  Dramatis Personae

Derek (m), 38, Jane’s husband, unemployed;
Jane, 38, Derek’s wife/
Sharon, 21, applicant, a newspaper “Tele-Ads” girl/
Julia, 39, applicant, a sophisticated sexy jet-setter/
Karen, 38, applicant, ________/
Mary, 38, applicant, ________/
Lucy (f), 15, applicant, a waif.

  §  Synopsis “Unemployed Derek doesn’t really want to work, and wife Jane has had enough. After a row she walks out on him, suggesting he should go through the papers for a job. Enraged, he decides to advertise for a new wife. He interviews the series of applicants—each looks too good to be true at first, but finally he rejects every one. He never realises that each has a quality he had forgotten existed in Jane, who turns up as the final applicant. She turns the interview round on him and offers him the job.

  §  Comment “Single scene, as simple or as complex as desired. Needs one or two doors and a TV set (seen only from the rear). A feelgood play showing how a man is never really satisfied with what he has until it's gone.  •  The play has six female characters, but these are all played by the same actress with fast changes of clothes, make-up and manner. If desired, the female parts could be played by more actresses.  •  Has been performed numerous times in the UK.”

  §  Themes  advertisement, applicant, desertion, euphoria, family, ideal, interview, laziness, marriage, unemployment.

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