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Grover, Jim (British playwright, college lecturer, actor, 1948-____), “Angel Hair,”

a 15-minute horror drama in English, set in a small English theatre, during a performance, 1999,

2m1f; • © 1999 by Jim Grover; • in Jim Grover’s Angel Hair (London: The Author, 1999); • script/rights available from Jim Grover, 8 Charlton King's Road, London NW5 2SA, England, telephone (home) 0171 482 1063, e-mail jim@nakedtheatre.co.uk, www.nakedtheatre.co.uk. • Cited by Jim Grover, via ftp September 15, 1999; Grover says,

§ Dramatis Personae Maggie Kent (f), 35, actress; DS Phillips (m), 45, a police detective sergeant; DC Riggs (m), 28, a police detective constable; Body (m or f), dead, covered throughout.

§ Synopsis “Preset ‘dead body’ (covered—could be a prop or an actor), Maggie Kent hidden in auditorium. DS Philips enters, instructs the audience to remain for questioning. DC Riggs confirms a murder has been committed. Phillips instructs the technician to switch on house lights, so he may take statements. Maggie Kent runs on stage, covered in blood. She admits the killing. Riggs goes to get car ready for the suspect and to check victim’s identity. Maggie appears threatened by Phillips, throws her wig at him. She looks confused, thinks the play is still running. Maggie is incredulous that a murder has occurred, terrified that she stands accused. Riggs is having trouble getting transport. Maggie prepares herself to go out, picks up the wig. Assumes her earlier character and explains the body is that of a war criminal, a fact confirmed by Riggs. She tells of degradation in the Nazi death camps, how prisoners were shaven and their hair sold. Riggs finds an old wig box in the dressing room.

§ Comment “Action continuous. Set requirements include 1 chair, 1 ‘dead body’ (prop or actor). Costume for Maggie, ‘Gothic play’ dress or nightgown, stage blood, wig. Costumes for Phillips and Riggs, suits. No special production difficulties. Premiered at the Etcetera Theatre and Bird’s Nest Theatre, London, March, 1998. Director, David Cottis; Maggie Kent, Madeline Muir-Wyett; DS Phillips, Ean Ravenscroft; DC Riggs, Anthony Hall; Body, Stephen Wilson; Lighting, Dominic Burnham.”

§ Themes detective, holocaust, possession, revenge, survival, theatre, theatrical costume.

Jim Grover on London bus

See also Jim Grover’s

  • Changes,” a 25-minute horror fantasy science-fiction in English, set in a laboratory, England, 1999, with recent flashbacks, 2m1f
  • Pictures in Babcia’s Head,” a 40-minute reminiscence in English, set on a split stage (1) interior, domestic kitchen and (2) space, representing England, Poland, Lebanon, showing three generations of history seen from Wanda’s birthday, 1999, 2f

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