Opening Scene - part one
Jabberwocky is a full length play, divided into three acts with an interval between Act 1 and Acts 2 & 3. It has a running time of just over two hours - not including the interval - and represents a rich evening's entertainment..
The opening scene of the play is printed here and on subsequent pages. I hope that you enjoy this extract and feel encouraged to download the whole play! Remember that the play is free to download until the end of July 2004 - just follow the link to the special offer page.
Act 1. Sc.1.
Lights up. A small set, off stage on stage left suggests a living room. Someone is sat in a comfortable armchair, concealed behind a large newspaper. Little can be seen of them. A coffee table sits on a rug in front of them.
John (Offstage) I still donít know what Iím going to choose!
Anna (Offstage) What for?
John (Offstage) For my options stupid.
John and Anna enter. They are brother and sister. She is a little younger than him. They are carrying school bags and are in school uniform, clearly having just arrived home from school.
John Iíve got to have the form back by Friday and Iíve still got no idea!
Anna Well you should see my homework Ė itís impossible!
John Come on Anna Ė this is way more important than homework. If I donít make the right choices then I might not be able to do the right A levels
Anna A levels? Youíre choosing your GCSEs.
John But you have to do the right GCSEs so you can choose the right A levels later on.
Anna So what are the right A levels?
John The ones that you need to do the job you want to do or take the right degree so then you can do the job you want to do!
Anna So the question is not what GCSEs do you want to do but what job do you want to do!
John Thatís it . My entire future depends on what I put on this form!
Anna So what job do you want to do?
John (Pregnant pause) Iíve absolutely no idea!
Anna None at all?
John Anna, Iím thirteen. Iíve only just given up on the idea of being the first person to land on Mars and have a number one single at the same time!
Anna Just as well with your voice. What do Mum and Dad say?
John Mum says I should keep my options open Ė I donít even know what that means! Ė and Dad doesnít say anything.
Anna As usual
There is a cough from behind the newspaper and the paper is rustled slightly.
John & Anna Oh! Hi Dad!
The newspaper is shuffled a little more and then settles down.