In Room Five Hundred and Four
by Jimmie Chinn
Short Play, Drama / 2m, 2f
Edie reminisces about herself and Harry on their wedding-day in February 1942. Together the couple discover life's big truths in the span of one night. The day after, Harry will leave for the front, never to return. The uncertainties of their relatio…
'' In Room Five Hundred and Four'' is yet another humorous, touching and sensitive play from the observant and ever-capable hands of Jimmie Chinn.
Sitting in a seedy seaside boarding house room, Older Edie reminisces over the past. Out of her memory step a younger Edie and Harry on their wedding day in February 1942. Together, the young couple discover life's big truths in the span of one night; the day after, Harry will leave for the front, never to return. The uncertainties of their relationship mirror the wider unpredictability and turmoil of the 40s - producing a finely-balanced portrait of that period. Simple staging in two acting areas allows us to travel through time as we become deeply involved with the touching tale of Older Edie.
''Sensitive......heart-warming.....touching.'' Middlesex Chronicle.
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: £30 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
- Time Period: 1940s / WWII
- Duration: 40 minutes
- Setting: A seedy room in a seaside boarding-house.
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
The small part of the Manager can be of any age.
The play was first presented at the Duke's Head Theatre, Richmond, Surrey on March 13th 1986.
It was also subsequently presented on BBC Radio 4's Afternoon Theatre on the 11th February 1987 - directed by Gerry Jones.
It was also presented at the West Bank Cafe Theatre, 42nd Street, New York City, on the 16th February 1988 - directed by Joan Vail Thorne.