COCOA AND CUDDLES  -  A FULL LENGTH BLACK COMEDY BY JANE LOCKYER WILLIS

Cocoa and Cuddles

Frank is squeamish by nature, especially when it comes to burying his late, irascible old mother Edith, lying upstairs in the spare room. Urging him to make necessary arrangements, Lorna, Frank’s second wife, discovers that he has engaged the help of his sister, Polly. Val and Reg, members of the local folk dancing club, arrive to pay their respects and disclose that Edith, far from having been difficult, was a well liked, fun loving club member with a toy boy. Edith’s presence is felt throughout the plays as being symbolic of the fractured relationships and bickering family: Polly, jealous of Frank and railing against his ineffectualness; Lorna, angry over his reluctance to face reality and Carrie, Frank’s late daughter who casts a further shadow over events. Frank finds solace in Lucy, a twenty year old mourner, who closely identifies with his emotional state. The play closes with more family disclosures which serve to reconcile Frank and Polly as they rediscover their abiding love for each other.

 3 males 4 females

single set – sitting room

ISBN 9781840947557  

COCOA AND CUDDLES is published by New Theatre Publications

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