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“Just Rewards”

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Ranscombe, Pauline (Australian playwright, free-lance writer, actor, 1943-____), “Just Rewards,”

a 20-minute comedy in English, set in Heaven’s waiting room, morning, modern time,


  •  © 1994 by Pauline Ranscombe;  •  script/rights available from Pauline Ranscombe, “Combaren,” 49, Brooklet Road, Newrybar, NSW 2479, Australia, e-mail firetrax@synergy.aunz.net, telephone (home) (02) 66871998.  •  Cited by Pauline Ranscombe, via ftp June 30, 2000; Ranscombe says,

  §  Dramatis Personae St. Peter (m), elderly, male on stage but a female voice offstage; Ethel (f), 75, prim and proper; Mrs. Fipps (f), 50, homely; Michael (m), 20, leather-clad bikie.

  §  Synopsis “Ethel, Mrs. Fipps, and Michael find themselves dead and in Heaven’s waiting room. St. Peter blithely clears away their preconceived ideas about life in the hereafter, particularly for a prim and judgmental Ethel who finds herself being escorted through the door leading to Hell.

  §  Comment “There are no scene changes. All the action occurs in the waiting room.  •  Produced in 1993 for one performance for a theme night by the Old Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby, NSW Australia. Directed by Shirley Gay. Produced in 1996 for a seven-night season by Baywrite Theatre Company, Byron Bay, NSW Australia. Director: Peg Gloor. Produced in 1999 for two-night season by Newman Senior High School, Western Australia. Selected from Salamanca Script Banks library as first choice for Grade 8 production by teachers and students of Lambert Cottage School, Australia.”

 §  Themes black, Friday, heaven, hell.

See also Pauline Ranscombe’s


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