To Have and to Hold

by  Lorraine Forrest-Turner

Short Play, Drama  /  3f

Shocked at her fathers sudden death, Susan has rushed from London where she is rehearsing a new play. As she and her mother, Margaret, return from arranging the funeral they are immediately she and her mother, Margaret, are at loggerheads. Even the a…

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To Have and to Hold

by  Lorraine Forrest-Turner

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Shocked at her father's sudden death, Susan has rushed home from London where she is rehearsing a new play. As she and her mother, Margaret, return from arranging the funeral they are immediately at loggerheads - as ever. Even the arrival of kindly Aunt Lilian, Margaret's younger sister, can't melt Margaret's hard exterior. But as Susan privately recalls childhood memories, a shocking truth begins to emerge. Cleverly interspersing thirty years past with the present this is a family drama with reconciliation at its heart.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £30 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: A dining-room and a bedroom, which can be easily portrayed in one set with appropriate lighting; time changes can be represented by recorded news bulletins and/or music.
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

3f

F3 (33, 58, 63) 1 male voice

Margaret, aged 63 and 33, doesn't have time for emotions. She has a home and a family to look after. Why doesn't anyone else see that?

Lilian, Margaret's younger sister, aged 58 and 28, admires Margaret's strength of character. "Too soft for her own good", Lilian rarely puts her own needs first.

Susan, aged 38 and 8, has her mother's determination but her father's compassion. Failing to make a success as an actress and desperate to make a futile relationship with a married man work for her, Susan hasn't been the daughter her devoted father deserved.  

George, aged 38, voice only, should never have married Margaret but the marriage has given him his darling daughter Susan.

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Cast Attributes

  • All Female

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Authors

Lorraine Forrest-Turner

Lorraine Forrest-Turner is an award-winning director and playwright, professional copywriter and communications skills trainer. She has written over 30 stage plays, two of which are published by Samuel French - Seven Stages of an Affair and To Have and to Hold. Recent produc ...

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To Have and to Hold was first performed on 21st March 2003 at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead.

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