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Sitting Pretty - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Sitting Pretty

Amy Rosenthal

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

4m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573019210

"Assured ... with a gentle blend of wit and the poignant." - Independent

"Rosenthal writes like a female Alan Ayckbourn." - Guardian

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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Settings Of Play - A comfortable living-room of a small London surburban flat, an artist's studio and the National Gallery cafe. 1999


Interior Set


College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Unmarried sisters in their fifties share a London flat. Nina is brisk, dynamic and gainfully employed. Nancy is plump, self conscious and suddenly redundant. Urged to find a hobby, she unwittingly stumbles into a job modeling for eccentric drawing students and their philandering teacher. Initially horrified to discover that life models pose naked, Nancy is unexpectedly liberated by the experience. Though she keeps this activity a secret, her newfound confidence unsettles Nina. The sisters move toward an inevitable confrontation as Nina faces her unhappy past and Nancy glimpses a possible future. This bittersweet play unfolds with humorous twists and turns.


"Assured ... with a gentle blend of wit and the poignant." - Independent

"Rosenthal writes like a female Alan Ayckbourn." - Guardian

"Wonderful ... ensemble piece of immense acuity and pathos." - Time Out

Sitting Pretty premiered at the Chelsea Centre Theatre in November 1999 under the direction of Jacob Murray.



4m, 6f

NANCY - plump, faded, 55 
NINA - slight, dynamic, 53
MAX - jovial, round-faced, mid-fifties 
PHILLIP - artist, 48 
ZELDA - sassy, attractive, 20 
JOSIE - brittle, elegant, 38 
SYLVIA - a stately lady, mid-sixties 
MARTIN - thin, tetchy, mid-forties 
BRIDGET - wife of Martin, mid-forties 
LUKA - tall, handsome, 18

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Frankie Hogan 8/4/2015 6:28 PM
We read the play this evening and it went down  very well with the assembled cast.  It was funny, absorbing and a little sad in places.  Personally, I thought the plot drifted off towards the end after Nina and discovered what Nancy was up to.  We plan to stage the production in February 2016.

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