Scenes From Family Life

by  Mark Ravenhill

Short Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 3f, 11m or f

Scenes from Family Life is a charged and punchy play about relationships and the last two people left on earth. 

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Scenes From Family Life

by  Mark Ravenhill

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f, 11m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Science Fiction
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Scenes from Family Life is a charged and punchy play about relationships and the last two people left on earth. Lisa and Jack are teenagers, but they are about to become adults; Lisa is pregnant, and neither of them can wait for the baby to arrive and their lives to start. But then Lisa vanishes – into thin air. Jack panics until she comes back, but then she disappears again, and then it turns out that everyone is dematerialising, all over the planet people are disappearing. Quickly, the only people left in the world are Jack and his heavily pregnant friend Stacy. Jack adjusts to the silent and primitive world; but for Stacey it begins to turn into a nightmare. And when the vanished start to return, Jack has to learn how complex adult relationships are.

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Reviews

"Scenes From Family Life is a story pregnant with possibilities, and feels as if Ionesco has suddenly started writing scripts for Doctor Who." - The Guardian

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £39 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


    This title is currently restricted in London, please contact the Licensing Department for further details.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: The living room of Jack and Lisa's flat.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 3f, 11m or f

JACK

LISA

STACY

BARRY

A GROUP OF THEIR FRIENDS

THREE SOLDIERS

PARENTS AND BABIES GROUP

MOTHER WITH AN EMPTY PRAM

ENTERTAINER

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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Roles for Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

All characters are aged 16 - 18. Names and genders of the "group of friends" can be changed to suit a specific group.

Note from Mark Ravenhill: I'm happy for any of the parts to be played by whoever, whatever gender. The gendered casting is only a suggestion and the parts are open to anyone wherever they are on the gender spectrum. 


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Authors

Mark Ravenhill

Mark Ravenhill was born in Haywards Heath, West Sussex in 1966. He studied Drama and English at Bristol University. His first play Shopping and Fucking was produced by Out of Joint and the Royal Court Theatre in 1996. Subsequent plays include Faust Is Dead and Handbag (both Actors Touring Company), Some Explicit Pola ...

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Scenes From Family Life was commissioned by National Theatre Connections. It was performed at the National in 2008.

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