Primrose Way

by  Ron Nicol

Short Play, Drama  /  3f

An old actress retraces her theatrical career, remembering her ambitious mother and her enthusiastic youthful self, until she realises that perhaps there’s nothing valuable in her memories after all. An ideal festival play for three women.

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Primrose Way

by  Ron Nicol

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

The aging bag lady on the streets who opens the play is the eponymous Primrose Way, once a professional actress. As she reminisces and her story unfolds, we see her enthusiastic youthful self retracing her career in the theatre, and reliving the memories of her ambitious mother, herself a professional actress, who delights in playing a number of other characters who drift through Primrose’s recollections.

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Reviews

"A touching drama with moments of gentle comedy" - Amateur Stage

"A beautifully written, poignant drama with ideal festival potential" - Scene

"It made me laugh. It made me cry. What more could one want?" - Prompt

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: Three acting areas - a theatre doorway with a camp-chair and a shopping trolley; a theatre dressing-room with a make-up mirror and dressing-table; an open area with an armchair, upright chairs, a small table and a small settee.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

3f

PRIMROSE - sixties/seventies
HER MOTHER - middle-aged
YOUNG PRIMROSE - teens/twenties

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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Optional additional, non-speaking male role. Mother not only represents herself but delights in playing a number of other characters who drift through Primrose’s recollections during the play. The brief scene with Primrose’s Father can be played with an empty armchair if preferred.

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Authors

Ron Nicol

Ron Nicol is an award-winning Scottish playwright published in the UK, the USA, and the Netherlands, with more than fifty titles - one act dramas and comedies, one act plays for young people, full length plays, and pantomimes. His work has been produced in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong ...

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