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[Drafting words to say on stage]

“Seventeen” #1


I’m looking for a girl, I don’t know if you’ve seen her she’s all skin and bones and hair and black eyeliner. In the bottom of her bag she’s got 20 Marlboro lights. She’s stashed them there, she knows at the end of the night she’ll still be the one with cigarettes, a friend she once knew reminds her of this, only by then it’s later, much later. In fact it’s too late, she doesn’t have the cigarettes anymore, instead she offers him a roll up…


[‘roll up’ – susan smokes roll ups in scene 11, old Holborn – she rolls her own, ‘no flies on her’ ]


They talk about the old days, its never the new days, just the ‘back in the day’, days. Only there are no old days, there’s only what I remember.


“Seventeen” #2

She kept these notebooks you see, she kept them knowing they were important. What I mean is she knew they felt important when she was making them at the time. And I think she knew that one day I would come looking for her and that I would find her here in these books. I doubt she knew that I wouldn’t recognise her.

[She/ I /Her]


“Seventeen” #3

There’s a girl. The play’s about this woman. The play’s about this girl who becomes a woman and this woman never lets go of this girl, this girl she was in the story, the girl in the play, she can’t move on… One night the woman catches sight of herself in the mirror, she catches sight of herself as a girl. One night the woman catches sight of herself in a mirror and sees the girl looking back.


2 thoughts on ““Seventeen”

  1. Just realised I am writing the script in a very similar way to ‘the life and works…’ notebook/postcards I wrote when I was younger. I just looked at the computer screen and for a second I connected with myself. I cried instantly. How odd, I am thinking of the stones now… and the conversation in the pub I had in summer. I didn’t expect to see myself again here like that then….

    Posted by gemmaalldred | January 8, 2012, 7:34 pm
  2. Interesting. I arrived here by Twitter. I’m not sure what I was expecting and I’m not entirely sure what to expect but I’ll keep my eyes open. I look forward …

    Posted by KiranTanna | January 8, 2012, 8:15 pm

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