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“They Don't Write Parts for Old Ducks”

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Galley, Bob (aka R. Galley, aka Robert Galley, Australian playwright, medical doctor, 1947-____), “They Don't Write Parts for Old Ducks,”

a 27-minute comedy in English, set in a club room, no specific time, 2004,

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; • © 2004 by Bob Galley; • in Bob Galley’s They Don't Write Parts for Old Ducks (Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from R. Galley, 77 Glencoe Street, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia 4700, e-mail bob-g@bigpond.net.au, telephone (home) (61)749225357, (work) (61)749276388, fax (61)749223073. • Cited by Bob Galley via ftp February 21, 2004; Galley says,

§ Dramatis Personae Eva (f), 70-ish, long serving member of an amateur group; Dot (f), 70-ish, long serving member of an amateur group.

§ Synopsis “Two aging amateur actresses, both not averse to cirticising each other and their associates, meet prior to a rehearsal. One has been given a role, something which has not happened to either in a long time. They reminisce over their experiences and about the other members of their small group. Both have been heavily involved over many years in a variety of roles and in other capacities. The actress who has been cast has come to tell the director she is unable to do the role. The other one sees an opportunity; however, the reason the former must decline is that the physical demands are beyond the capabilities of an elderly person.

§ Comment “Set in one scene with minimal furnishings—table and chairs. Props need only be teacups. There needs to be enough room so the actrresses can 'pretend' to be on stage.”

§ Themes acting, amateur, criticism, reminiscence, theatre, nostalgia, old age, physicality, role.



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