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“Alby and the Big Fellah”

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Bird, John C. (British playwright, author, 1933-____), “Alby and the Big Fellah,”

a 12-minute drama in English, set in a hospital room, afternoon, December, 2004,


; © 2004 by John C. Bird; • in John C. Bird’s Alby and the Big Fellah (Woolston, Warrington, Cheshire, England: New Theatre Publications, 2004); • script/rights available from New Theatre Publications, 2 Hereford Close, Woolston, Warrington, Cheshire WA1 4HR, England, telephone (UK) 0845 331 3516, fax (UK) 0845 331 3518, e-mail plays4theatre@ntlworld.com; contact John C. Bird, 4 Holland Avenue, Knowle, Solihull B93 9DW, England, telephone (home) (UK) 01564 772202, e-mail writer@johncbird.co.uk, http://www.johncbird.co.uk. • Cited by John C. Bird, December 5, 2004; Bird says,

§ Dramatis Personae Alby Wilson (m), 15, hospital patient; Matt Sheriden (m), 15, hospital visitor.

§ Synopsis “In a hospital room where 15-year-old Alby Wilson, suffering from cancer, Matt Sheridan visits his best friend. The two boys confront the impending possibility of Alby's death. Alby (sporting a Che Guevara beret) retains his sense of humour throughout and provides droll commentary on his illness, the medical profession and his conception of Heaven and its proprietor, whom he always refers to as The Big Fellah.

§ Comment “The play ends on an upbeat note. Single setting, a hospital room. The only prop requirements are a bed, a chair and a bedpan. • This is John C Bird's fourth published play. His other published and broadcast work includes television comedy material, poetry, travel writing, and nonfiction books. More details available on his website http://www.johncbird.co.uk.”

§ Themes death, friendship, God, Guevara (Ernesto Rafael Guevara de la Serna, commonly known as Che Guevara, Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary and Cuban guerrilla leader, May 14, 1928-October 9, 1967), Heaven, hospital, humour in adversity, illness, medical profession, religion.

See also John C. Bird's

  • "Bo and Joe," a 30-minute serious drama in English, in six scenes, set in England, 1883, and September 3, 1939, 3m1f
  • "City of Dreams," a 30-minute serious drama in English, set in a hotel room Dallas, Texas, U.S.A., 2004, 1m1f
  • "A Sign of the Times," a 45-minute serious drama in English, set in the living quarters above a bakery, the East End of London, England, early days of World War I, 1914, 3m1f

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