A CHANCE

Two women strike up a conversation on a park bench. The results of which may have significant consequences.

Part of  the SIX VIEWS collection

This play was formerly published under the name of Max Porter as writer.

THIS PLAY CONTAINS ADULT THEMES

 

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A CHANCE

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CHARACTERS

LINDA – A WOMAN IN HER EARLY 30s

CAROLINE – A WOMAN IN HER EARLY 70s

 

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

First performed by Starlight Theatre Company – October 2019

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Recorded by The Talisman Theatre in July 2020 – listen to it here

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A CHANCE was performed by THE TALISMAN THEATRE on 1 February 2024 with the following cast;

CAROLINE – GILL HALFORD

LINDA – LAURA HENDERSON

The production was directed by  KATIE-ANNE

 

 

REVIEWS

‘The setting of two women on a park bench could make you think that the piece itself is simplistic but this piece is far from it! Initially I saw a beautiful moment of bonding between these two different but expertly constructed characters but then just at the right moment the writer yanks it from under you and leaves you almost stunned for a moment in a moment of “oh…my…god!” and to me that makes great theatre!’- Rachel Feeny-Williams on New Play Exchange

 

‘Smith takes you on a roller coaster with this piece, but it was one that is worth the ride. In just 9 short pages, we see the story of two women end up at the same park bench supposedly by chance. I think the greatest thing about this piece is that fact that I didn’t see that ending coming. The characterizations of both women set them apart, and while their dialogue makes you think one thing, once the twist is revealed, then the whole piece makes perfect sense. Fantastic work.’ – Cole Hunter Dzubak on New Play Exchange

 

‘Two women have met at a park bench – but it is not a day in the park for either of them. We all have our problems and talking to a stranger about them can be strangely calming. The tonal shifts of this play bring us to a door we didn’t think we’d be opening. A solid play that would chill any theatre-goer.’ – D Lee Miller on New Play Exchange

 

“He always wanted a son” – these simple words are freighted with both grief and a complex desire for revenge. In this intriguing play the relationship of two strangers is so relaxed and natural it makes the twist a real cracker. I immediately went back and read it again to see how it’s constructed and what I should and shouldn’t have known at first pass. A total gem.’ – Christine Foster on New Play Exchange

 

 

 

RUNNING TIME

10 MINUTES

 

 

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