MOTHER, a tiny woman with a delicate frame. A first generation immigrant who has not grasped the verbosity of the English language. Well-meaning and simple.
GIRL, a 25 year old female looking for a cause.
GRANDMOTHER, a gentle forgiving and tough old bird, aged 79.
FRIEND, a giver of sound advice. A strong souled worthy listener, aged 25.
SCENE 1 (DINING ROOM)
MOTHER: But he picked you up on the train. He asked for your number (then you gave). And now he leaves you, it’s good. It’s his decision.
GIRL: How is this good?
MOTHER: Because he made all the decisions. It is harder for him. He picked you and now he leaves you.
GIRL: Ok, you’ve made that clear. What about me though? I don’t feel good.
MOTHER: You said you had nothing in common.
GIRL: (Yes) We were coming at things from different angles.
MOTHER: So you were not the same. He saved you from a lot of pain by cutting you now. And he left you so it is good. It was his decision.
GIRL: Right, thanks for clarifying.
MOTHER: He feels bad about you more. And you were not common.
SCENE 2 (BEDROOM)
Mobile phone rings (Lovesong riff by The Cure)
GRANDMOTHER: How are you darling? We haven’t heard from you in ages, is everything ok?
GIRL: (Hungover) Yes… sorry haven’t called… all fine.
GRANDMOTHER: Were you out late last night?
GIRL: No. I just got drunk at home in my bedroom.
GRANDMOTHER: Oh. With your housemates – Peter and Elizabeth is it?
GIRL: His name’s Elijah. No. I just drank wine on my own in my bed whilst watching illegal online films.
GIRL: Don’t be concerned. Everyone does it though I’m not proud of it I just thought I should tell you.
GRANDMOTHER: Why were you watching bad films alone with wine?
GIRL: It was ‘Good Will Hunting’ and I was watching it because it’s supposed to be good.
GRANDMOTHER: Oh I see, I don't know these new films.
GIRL: And I was drinking wine alone at home because I didn’t really want to think about life.
GIRL: Don’t be concerned I’m not feeling suicidal, I just felt really apathetic about it all and melancholic so I just wanted to drink until I had to fall asleep. You know?
GRANDMOTHER: No, I can't say I do know. Did anything happen to provoke…
GIRL: My boyfriend left me. Or, he wasn’t my boyfriend but something like that happened so I feel a little heartachey at the moment which is why I drank and now I have a hangover. Does that all make sense granny?
GRANDMOTHER: Yes dear. You’ll be alright. Youth is tough it’s a tough time out there.
SCENE 3 (PUB)
FRIEND: Have you been crying?
FRIEND: Are you sure you look like you’ve been crying. Is everything ok?
GIRL: I told you I’ve not been crying so why are you asking me that dickhead?
FRIEND: Because your eyes are all puffy and you’ve got make-up smudged around your face.
GIRL: What if I were to tell you I’m not wearing any make-up.
FRIEND: That’s a lie.
GIRL: My eyes were itchy. And I just had a moment that’s all.
GIRL: From life maybe.