by Jeannie Palmer
Our entry in the Harold Jolliffe One Act Play Festival 2006
The play is set in an abandoned hospital near Sarajevo during the breakdown of the Yugoslav republic.
Two British soldiers on patrol happen upon the patients, left to fend for themselves.
They establish a rapport with Rusid, the wheelchair bound old man; Fata, a pretty young patient; and Milos, an introverted patient who’s only communication is through music.
They also encounter Frank, the caretaker of the hospital, who sees his role as cruelly opportunistic – especially when it comes to the vulnerable young Fata.
How far will the soldiers bend the rules to protect a young girl from attack?
This is the winning play in the ‘Playwrite’ competition run by BBC Radio Swindon and the Swindon Advertiser.
This was a writing competition, offering listeners and readers the opportunity to write a play and have it judged. The ultimate prize being to have it performed at the Harold Jolliffe One Act Play Festival.
That’s why we didn’t even know our entry until the beginning of January 2006!
Follow the link to 'Previews' (above) for more details of Playwrite!
Thursday 23 February to Saturday 25 February 2006
7.15pm nightly. No admission granted once a play has begun.
Swindon Arts Centre
£5, £3 concessions.
£12 Festival ticket for all three nights.
Six concessionary Festival ticket for all three nights.
Group bookings; buy 10, get two free (12 for the price of 10).
More About the Festival
For more details of the Festival, see the Harold Jolliffe One Act Play Festival website (www.swindonweb.com/haroldjolliffe).