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Collings, John (English playwright, 1949-____), “‘Don't It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue,’”

a 35-minute drama in English, set in a bedsit, sixish, in the recent past (2003),

2m or 2f

; • © 2003 by John Collings; • in John Collings’ Don't It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue (Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from John Collings, 3 Churchdale Avenue, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN22 8SD, United Kingdom, e-mail johncollings50@hotmail.com, telephone (home) 01323 643072. • Cited by John Collings via ftp March 31, 2004; Collings says,

§ Dramatis Personae Kelly (m or f), as young as possible, with the mental age of 12, released mental patient; Donald (m or f), as old as possible, released mental patient.

§ Synopsis “Two men have been released from a Mental Hospital into the community. They share a bedsit. Kelly wants to leave to find his Mother. Donald stops him. They fight, dance, cry, talk about the Mental Hospital, Donald's nervous breakdown, their dreams, the past. Eventually Kelly breaks down. Donald has a person he can dominate and destroy.

§ Comment “One continuous scene. No costume changes. No special requirements. • Premiered at The Lost Youth Theatre, a fringe theatre in London. • I wrote this play when I was studying to be a counsellor and working with people with mental health problems. I was angry with the government of the time, for closing some mental hospitals and letting the mentally ill out on the street unsupported.”

§ Themes destruction, dominance, mental illness, mother-son relationship, government support.



See also John Collings'

  • "Mr Stranger," a 8-minute surreal dark comedy drama in English, set in a front room in the East End of London, late afternoon, 2003, 1m1f
  • "Rita & the Muscle," a 22-minute dark comedy in English, set in one room, late one afternoon, 1m1f
  • "The Waste," a 42-minute drama in English, set in a front room and photograpic studio place, in the recent past, 1m3f (some doubling)
  • "The Writer," a 16-minute surreal drama in English, set in a room, late afternoon, 2m2f

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