So todays challenge was to write a play with no plot. Yeah, I’m going to let you sit with that for a minute, Lord knows I had to! Anyway after much thinking about how to write a play with no begging, middle or end, I came up with this!
The Perpetual Now
3rd February 2017
A big space, within in it four full size rooms.
Kitchen, Living Room, Bedroom, Bathroom.
In-between the Living Room and Kitchen there is a hall with a front door and two inside doors, one leading to the kitchen, one to the Living room.
Each room is fully furnished as it would be in an average home, on an average street.
There are no bright colours. Beige, white and grey tones run throughout all the rooms and the lighting reflects this.
There are four women of varying ages for each room, all look the same, have the same clothes, same hair, they are all The Woman.
No room is ever empty.
All actions happen simultaneously.
If one version of the woman leaves, another instantly takes her place.
In the kitchen, there’s is always The Woman cooking, always The Woman cleaning. Etc.
In the Living room, there is always The Woman on the sofa watching TV, always The Woman playing on her phone etc.
In the bathroom, there is always The Woman showering, always The Woman brushing her teeth and on the toilet etc.
In the bedroom, there is always The Woman sleeping, always The Woman getting ready for work etc.
In the hall, there is always The Woman leaving and always The Woman coming home etc.
As soon as The Woman finishes a task, The Woman takes her place etc.
There is always The Woman happy, neutral, angry, sad etc.
The audience may enter as they wish and leave as they wish, there is no beginning, no end. The woman is all ages, all times and all emotions, all in the perpetual now.