by Ron Nicol
Short Play, Drama / 3f
An old actress retraces her theatrical career, remembering her ambitious mother and her enthusiastic youthful self, until she realises that perhaps there’s nothing valuable in her memories after all. An ideal festival play for three women.
The aging bag lady on the streets who opens the play is the eponymous Primrose Way, once a professional actress. As she reminisces and her story unfolds, we see her enthusiastic youthful self retracing her career in the theatre, and reliving the memories of her ambitious mother, herself a professional actress, who delights in playing a number of other characters who drift through Primrose’s recollections.
"A touching drama with moments of gentle comedy" - Amateur Stage
"A beautifully written, poignant drama" - Scene
"I loved this play. It made me laugh. It made me cry. What more could one want?" - Prompt Magazine
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: £30 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
- Time Period: Present Day, 1970s
- Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
Three acting areas - a theatre doorway with a camp-chair and a shopping trolley; a theatre dressing-room with a make-up mirror and dressing-table; an open area with an armchair, upright chairs, a small table and a small settee.
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
PRIMROSE - sixties/seventies
HER MOTHER - middle-aged
YOUNG PRIMROSE - teens/twenties
- All Female
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
- Parts for Senior Actors
Optional additional, non-speaking male role. Mother not only represents herself but delights in playing a number of other characters who drift through Primrose’s recollections during the play. The brief scene with Primrose’s Father can be played with an empty armchair if preferred.
McGavin Drama Club, Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock. 2013