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The Report
10 minute play (3 characters)
Winner
2018 Pitlochry Festival Theatre Short Play Award



In an anonymous office three people discuss the findings of a report which implicates one - or is it all - of them?


The play received a rehearsed reading at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre in 2018. It is available for professional, amateur and college productions - click link below.


Extract opening scene


Curtain up on THOMSON and McDONALD


THOMSON Bring Evans in.


Exit McDONALD. THOMSON sits in the manager's chair and looks through the papers on the desk.


EVANS enters with McDONALD


THOMSON (cont) Take a seat.


EVANS sits


THOMSON (cont) You've seen the report?


EVANS Yes.


THOMSON You've seen your name.


EVANS Yes.


THOMSON In several places.


EVANS Yes.


THOMSON Do you have any comment?


The Report  by Martin Foreman

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EVANS It was dreadful. More than dreadful. Appalling. Heartbreaking.


THOMSON That's all?


EVANS What more can I say?


THOMSON Do you not accept responsibility?


EVANS Responsibility?


THOMSON Yes.


EVANS Why should I?


THOMSON You were the architect.


EVANS One of the architects.


THOMSON The lead architect.


EVANS It was a collegial effort.


THOMSON Your name came first.


EVANS Yes.


THOMSON It was your signature.


EVANS Yes.


THOMSON Your responsibility.


EVANS The studio's.


THOMSON Ultimately yours. You signed.


EVANS We followed standard procedures. We met all the legal regulations.


THOMSON They failed.


EVANS That wasn't my fault.


THOMSON You signed.


EVANS Yes.


THOMSON People died.


EVANS I know.


THOMSON In pain.


EVANS I know.


THOMSON In agony.


EVANS I know.


THOMSON In a blazing inferno.


EVANS I was there. I heard the screams.


Pause


THOMSON If not you, who was responsible ?


EVANS Construction is complicated. Many organisations, hundreds of people, had input. We followed guidelines. If there was a problem, it should have been identified. We did our bit. Someone else should have drawn attention to it.


THOMSON Their failure doesn't absolve you of responsibility.


EVANS Responsibility should be shared.


THOMSON Then accept your share. Your colleagues. Your studio. You. People died.


EVANS Do you think I don't know? I told you, I heard the screams. People screaming. Screaming, screaming, screaming.


THOMSON What happens now?


EVANS I don't know. I can't think.


THOMSON You cannot do nothing.


EVANS What? I can't think.


THOMSON A response is needed.


EVANS I can't think. (coughs) I feel ill.


THOMSON People died.


EVANS I know, I know! (a paroxysm of coughing) I can't breathe.


EVANS falls forward on to the desk. McDONALD rushes forward.


THOMSON Get a glass of water.




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