THEY CAME BY NIGHT
PLAYS by KEITH JOHNSTONE
“Many people find my adult plays disturbing but isn’t the whole universe disturbing? Anyway, be warned. And I apologise for not being about to write more comfortable plays. Here are extracts from a few of the ones I like.”
~ Keith Johnstone
SHORT (TILT) PLAYS
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An excerpt from the play by Keith Johnstone.
(Sir and Perkins defeat the Vampires)
2 hours long and at least eight characters
PERKINS BRINGS SIR HIS EARLY MORNING CUP OF TEA
Sir (STILL ASLEEP) Ah lovely child, your breasts like seductive
fruit, your thighs like celestial marrows….
Perkins It’s me, Sir! It’s Perkins, Sir!
Sir (STILL ASLEEP) Sensual creature! Where did you learn such
Perkins It’s your tea and biscuits, Sir! No…Augh!
TEA SPILLS OVER SIR, WAKING HIM.
Sir What! Help! Augh! Why…..(ASTONISHED AND ELATED – HE LEAPS UP?)
Why Perkins, you’ve given me a wet dream!
Perkins No Sir.
Sir (ECSTATIC) I’ve regained my potency! I’m cured! I’m cured!
ECSTATIC MUSIC? SIR RUNS AROUND SHOUTING? MIMES OPENING SHUTTERS
(BIRD-SONG?) AND ANNOUNCES HIS GOOD NEWS TO THE WORLD?
Perkins I’m afraid not, Sir.
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