THE HAPPY HORNBILL – PLAY SCRIPTS ABOUT ABUSE
A mother reads a bed time story to her child as a metaphor for her ultimate action. The story and videography reveal a life torn apart by domestic violence and the difficult choices women in these situations face. It’s a disturbing script as it rings true – would you, as an abused woman, leave your child behind in order to save your life?
Author: Revelly Robinson
Genre: Family drama, play scripts about abuse
Type: One act play, ten minute drama script
Length: 10 minutes
Cast: 1F, 1 child, 1M voice offstage
Ages of the actors: F young, Child age 6
Suitable for: Adults if videography is used to depict abuse
Set: A child’s bedroom, ostentatiously adorned with plush toys, mobile hangings, posters and all sorts of brightly coloured manner of toys. In the centre of the room is the bed upon which the characters sit. A rotating lamp on a bedside table next to the bed throws contrasting light and shadow across the scene.
Level of difficulty: 8/10 – it is, in essence a solo performance by the actress, juxtaposed on a simple children’s story and a set of disturbing images. A good festival piece.
Cost is $5 for this digital script
Copyright ©July 2015 Revelly Robinson and Off The Wall Play Publishers
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African American drama about abuse, getting revenge and finding God