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Rolfe, Simon (British playwright, 1962- ), "Spider,"

a 75-minute drama in English set in a solitary confinement cell, early 1997,


© 1994 by playwright, script/rights available from Simon Rolfe, United Kingdom telephone (work) 0191 222 7456 or (home) 0191 266 3764. Cited by playwright to this Website December 9, 1996.

Synopsis "In a solitary confinement cell is a political prisoner whose crimes are unspecified and possibly not even real, about whom almost nothing is known. In the cell also are Jimmy, a street-wise fast-talking, engaging spider who acts variously as a commentator, character, and fill in when the prisoner is talking to absent people, and Joan of Arc, who may or may not be real. Joan advises the young prisoner, who learns and grows through her ordeal.

Comment "The play draws from real life scenarios around the world. It has reduced audiences to tears in the past (for the right reasons, honest!), but it's not a story of heroism or defeat; above everything else, it's a story of what it's like to be human."

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