Started on the 23rd of December. Finished on the 28th. I’m currently reviewing the script, but the first draft of my new play, working title ‘The Storeroom’, is finished! It’s a farcical comedy based in a hostage situation. Keep your eyes open for a potential performance in the new year. Here’s a little snippet of the script:
MATT: That’s it!
MARY: What’s it?
MATT: I can’t believe I hadn’t thought about it until now!
SOPHIE: Thought about what?!
MATT: Everyone. Empty your pockets now.
MATT: Just do it!
They do it. There is a bunch of random crap assembled on the floor in front of MATT. Buttons, receipts, paperclips, etc.
MATT: Perfect. Perfect.
SOPHIE: What on earth are you doing?
MATT: It’s like one of those games, isn’t it?
MARY: What games?
MATT: Escape the room.
SOPHIE: Oh for fucks’ sake.
MATT: It’s simple. You find a bunch of items, and you combine a few of them to find a way to get out of the room. Let’s see what we have here.
MATT gets onto the floor and begins to root through the pile of items.
MATT: Right. If we can combine this button and this paperclip, what can we make?
RICHARD: A broken button.
JAKE: And a misshapen paperclip.
MATT: Damn it, you’re right. What about this receipt and the paperclip?
SOPHIE: I still don’t think that’s going to help.
MATT: Hmm. Okay. I need all of you to be quiet.
MATT: I need to enter my mind palace.
MARY: Your mind pal-
They fall silent. There is a pause, as MATT sits in front of the pile of crap with his eyes closed, thinking. Calmly, he opens his eyes.
SOPHIE: What have you got?
MATT: Using my skills and experience, I have managed to deduce that…
MATT: All of these items are useless to helping us escape.