Rocking The Boat

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HAILEY

LAURA

HAILEY

LAURA

HAILEY

LAURA

HAILEY

LAURA

HAILEY

LAURA

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HAILEY

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HAILEY

Well. This makes a change, eh? (PAUSE) Me instead o hubbie. (PAUSE) Not speaking? (PAUSE) It’s just us – and a huge duck pond.

Ok, Hailey. Listen. I have a job, a family (COUNTING ON FINGERS) one two three kids plus…

Another kid, yer husband and the cat and the dog and a home that brings with it…

Responsibilities. Well it does. Would you stop rocking the boat? Why do you think I have a rota up in the kitchen?

Oh Laura’s Rota. I’ve not seen it for a while – a Contemporary Woman’s busyness. What would you do without all that busyness orbiting around you? Live my life? – You couldn’t. Leave you alone one week alone and your healthy personality would be capsized.

It’s not my fault that Jim left you and that you’re alone.

Now who is rocking the boat?

Other women have had their husbands leave them and they’ve gone to…

I know. I meet them at the evening classes I go to where women go to find men but it’s only ever women who go – to find the men. I have one meaningful relationship with a stranger, a counsellor.

Look …come for lunch then. We have got out of touch. Come on…

Don’t do the “fit her in somehow routine bit.” He’ll have got another boat, won’t he, your husband and be on his way to find you. Pity this isn’t the vast Atlantic and then we’d maybe get a decent bit of time together and you could get it into your head what I’m saying.

Which is? And my husband has a name. Jack.

I’m lonely.

I know.

And you’re supposed to be my friend.

I know.

Don’t worry. He’s now leaving the jetty.

I am a juggler of time and loved ones. And you’re one, a loved one, Hailey.

I don’t feel that. I feel empty handed. I’ve no family, Laura. I need my friends to be my family I need you.. (PAUSE) (JUMPS OVERBOARD)

Rocking The Boat by Maureen Sangster


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