War

A drama for two actors. A play which demands two genuinely charismatic performances.


W ar between spouses can be as devastating on the participants as war between nations. A forties something academic scientist is visited after long separation by his former wife, herself a highly qualified psychologist, to discuss the devastating effect their break-up has had on their only daughter, now a drop-out and drug addict. The evening turns into a re-enactment of their explosive marriage. Temperamental conflict, philosophical differences, destructive wit and sexual tension confound a relationship which constantly teeters between love and hate.

It has yet to find a first production despite various attempts – due mostly to the difficulty of casting the two main protagonists.

Cast

  • EDWARD (Mid-forties)
  • SOPHIE (Early forties)

T he living room of a ground floor apartment, in a large Victorian house in a university city. the room appears to be the domain of a highly disorganised but academic inmate. Large book shelves sag under the weight of numerous books, and others are piled haphazardly everywhere. Papers, journals, files are scattered at random amongst mementos, used coffee mugs, glasses, etc. A big old dining table dominates the centre stage, scattered with more books and papers, a computer, printer, fax machine, and other evidences of an active professional life. A large blackboard stands to one side, covered in obscure mathematical calculations. There is a cumbersome sofa and an armchair, both of which have seen better days. The whole has a not unappealing air of chaotic but industrious involvement.