My Name Is Martha
Suitable for Adult Groups
Runner-up in the SCDA Play On Words Competition 2013. Adjudicator Ron Nicol described it as 'a well-planned and constructed piece with an interesting beginning, absorbing middle and satisfying conclusion'.
On the face of it, Martha is a vagrant who hangs out on a piece of wasteland with George, another vagrant, shouting drunken advice at passers-by. George is a pessimist with no self-esteem, whereas Martha has self-belief in spades. But we learn that she has another life living in suburbia in her own house and near her daughter Megan. Her son-in-law Kevin is a Conservative candidate in a local election, and he and Megan want Martha off the streets during his campaign. At Megan's bidding a policeman 'escorts' Martha to Megan's house, where she is sedated. Her only ally is her granddaughter Sadie, who takes her home. In a final scene at the wasteland, George and Martha assert their rights to be recognised as individuals.
Players: 2 male 3 female
Cast: Martha, George, Megan, Sadie, Policeman
Sets: Split set The wasteland is represented by a collection of boxes down right, and there is an armchair and table down right.
Period: The present
Running Time: 45 minutes
Notes: Production notes supplied
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