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Pam Gems

NATALYA

A play in two acts
by Pam Gems

Copyright © Pam Gems

Pam Gems is hereby identified as author of this work in accordance with section 77 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The author has asserted her moral rights.
All rights whatsoever in this play are strictly reserved and application for performance etc. should be made before rehearsal to Rose Cobbe, United Agents, 12-26 Lexington Street, London W1F 0LE, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 20 3214 0800.

http://unitedagents.co.uk/agents/rose-cobbe/. Assistant: Dan Usztan. Email: dusztan@unitedagents.co.uk Tel: +44 (0) 20 3214 0873. No performance may be given unless a licence has been obtained.

NATALYA

A London loft-style interior - possibly a view of the river. A big sofa with pale grey loose covers and cushions, a low table, other seating and a desk, on which sits the latest I-MAC. Before the desk is an orthopaedic chair, the sort you kneel forward on. In a corner a stuffed moose acts as a clothes hanger and hat and scarf rack.
A sunny day.
The doorbell rings. Pause. Another ring.
Pause.
CAROLLE enters. She is big and ungainly, with depressing hair, wears a jacket, a longish skirt and flat shoes. She has a punishingly heavy shoulder bag which pulls her down on one side. She looks around the room.
CAROLLE

Hullo!
She waits but there is no reply, so she has a snoop. She hears a sound, jumps away from the desk and moves swiftly to the sofa and sits, bag on lap.
EBBA enters. She is comely - late twenties, maybe thirty, with a lot of hair, attractively styled. She is wearing a bath towel.
CAROLLE makes to rise but EBBA, not seeing her, crosses to the computer and starts to work.
CAROLLE rises, sits and fidgets, fearing to interrupt.
EBBA finishes, prints out - picks up paper, sees CAROLLE.
EBBA

Oh, hi. Won't be a moment.
She goes. CAROLLE rises as the front door slams.
MICHELENE enters. She is fashionably thin, with a short trendy haircut, wears high heels and an immaculate pale green suit. She carries a similar suit, in pink, on a hanger.
MICHELENE

(Calls) Ebba! (She looks at her watch, sees CAROLLE.)
CAROLLE

She just - she was - she's -

MICHELENE

Right. (Assesses CAROLLE dismissively.) D'you mind? I need this room, there'll be a celebrity here any moment to interview Miss Marriner.
CAROLLE

Yes. Sorry -
MICHELENE

So if you could -
She puts out an arm, to usher CAROLLE out.
CAROLLE

It's me.
MICHELENE

What?!
CAROLLE

There was a mix-up over dates and we go to press so I'm doing it. Carolle Carpenter. (She puts out a hand which MICHELENE ignores.)
EBBA wanders in, now in loose trousers and a silk top with pushed-up sleeves.
MICHELENE

(To EBBA) Do you know about this?
EBBA

I'm sorry?
MICHELENE

We're pulling out. (To CAROLLE) Sorry about this.
CAROLLE

But - the photographer's on his way!
MICHELENE

Tough.
CAROLLE

It's Roger Moth!
MICHELENE

Roger Moth? (Placated, to EBBA) Photographer of the year, showed at the Biennale - where is he?



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