The Royal Court Theatre is inviting ALL members of the public to submit 100-word plays for its Young Writers' Festival. The plays will not be staged, but displayed around the theatre. They are speaking of the concept of plays oozing out of the walls. It is not competitive, the aim will be to show all the plays.
Not for submission, but I thought I'd try my hand.
- Excuse me.
-I've just taken this off your shelf.
-It says there's a special offer on it.
-With this model, the attachment comes free.
- I cannot find the attachment.
-No sir, we don't stock them.
-But you can't do that!
-No sir, we don't.
-It must be against some act or other.
-Some of our stores stock them.
-But not you.
-No call for them.
-I'm calling for it.
-Can I take the cheaper attachment instead?
-Not part of the offer, sir.
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Hilarious, Dave! I can definitely SEE this being performed. You did well with a hundred words.
What a great challenge. I think conversation is the hardest to write...being a bit slow I always get caught on the punctuation, but this would be a fair format.
I loved it, and have indeed seen it performed many, many times. Thanks.
This rings so many bells Dave - very well done indeed. Do submit it.
But what is the definition of young? A brilliant piece of writing. I have heard many conversations like it.
"Not part of the offer, sir.":)
Perfectly captured exchange. I have the feeling you over heard a recent trip I made to Best Buy. Nicely done.
Interesting try. Play of the words and it makes sense wonderfully.
Ha Ha! Great post, Dave! I love it and can/have seen this happen firsthand. A similar thing happened at Sears in 1984, and I haven't done business there since ...
ha, you know i can def see this playing out in real life...and as comical as it is reading...how frustrating...
Ha ha! Happens too often, alas. Well done, sir!
The echoes from Waiting for Godot are very strong to my ears, a chance or were they actually also crossing yours?
Anyway I have really enjoyed the conversation.
I could just imagine the Two Ronnies performing this play :-).
I can see The Two Ronnies (ha! I just saw the above comment; great minds,eh?)
Also a Cleese and Palin moment comes to mind.
A sadly realistic play, I see! This is hilarious, Dave.
And why exactly are you not submitting this?
Submit. Well worth the effort.
Thanks for saying so. I'd thought it a bit mundane.
Oh, don't worry about punctuation. Leave that to the actors!
The Elephant's Child
Thank YOU. An encouraging response.
The Weaver of Grass
Well, thanks for that. I must say, I'm in two minds now.
Not sure what the cut-off is for the festival, but there's none for the submissions. Anyone can send in.
Good to have your response. Thanks.
It does seem to have got around a lot already, this conversation! Thanks.
Thank you for this.
Good to have your thoughts again. I'm beginning to think I might have subconsciously plagiarised it!
Well, I thought I'd go for reality, but..
This is building up into quite an indictment of someone/ something.
Ah, well, one of the examples given, I thought was very Godot-like, so I thought I would stay away from that. Seems like I didn't manage it. Interesting comment. Thanks.
Ah, now you're talking! Thanks.
Yes, quite something that would be!
Thanks. Good to have.
Well, put like that... I'll have another think. I had thought it a bit bland, but thanks.
Thanks for saying so.
You really MUST submit this!
It is BRILLIANT!!
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