Lunch Girls

  Lunch Girls deals with the lives of four middle-class British women, but strikes a chord with audiences around the world. The comedy has been translated into Greek, Danish, German, Hebrew, Japanese and Polish, with productions across the globe including Los Angeles, Tokyo, Jerusalem and Bombay as well as at the National Theatre, London and a national tour starring Sylvia Syms.. Lunch Girls was a joint winner of the 1983 Verity Bargate award for new, unperformed, short plays and is suitable for production in a small theatre. It is published by Methuen in Theatre Script Series No. 15.   Here’s the first few pages of Lunch Girls. If you would like to read more please send us an email and we will be happy to email back a full rehearsal script.   LUNCH GIRLS Just as the audience are seated a mobile phone rings from a back corner of the theatre. It suddenly stops.  Silence…  At that moment another  mobile starts from the front corner.  Another opens up down right. More start.. By then there are  ‘phones ringing different tones around the auditorium.     The ‘phones all stop at once. The curtain rises quickly on an apparently empty stage where the five ‘house’ areas are unlit.  For a moment there is silence. A plain poster is dropped onstage with a picture of a mobile phone,  A  red band is painted across it and the words   DON’T CALL US  –  WE’LL CALL U   The poster is flown off. Immediately, onstage, a landline ‘phone starts ringing.   Lights up on Jay’s house.   It’s a mess. She’s  a mess.  She’s in her kitchen. Various machines are going frantic  She rushes round looking for the phone, picking up papers, clothes etc She becomes increasingly frenzied   She sweeps a load of clothes off the ironing board.  The ‘phone is underneath.  She picks it up   She’s just too late.   Jay:            Hello? This is Jay   The phone is dead.  She  dials 1471   Operator VO      You were called at eleven thirty five by 0120 eight four five one seven Eight six.  To return the call press three Jay:              That’s Bee!   She looks down at the ‘phone as though expecting it to answer   Jay: (to ‘phone) Oh sorry.   Jay presses 3   Operator VO:            The number you dialled is busy.  To re-dial automatically, press 5   Jay presses 5   The phone peels its re-dial ring..  She picks  up and we hear it switch into  normal ring   VO Operator:            I’m sorry the person you dialled is busy.  Please hold.  The person you dialled knows you are waiting.   Jay taps her foot impatiently.  The oven beeps.  She rushes over and turns it off   VO Operator:            I’m sorry the person you dialled is still busy.  Please hold.  The person you dialled knows you are waiting   Jay:           ...

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