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Only Yew by Sally Rava 

2012

Sally wrote this black comedy especially for ett after the group had spent several months reading and rejecting other scripts by established playwrights. She had previously written several short plays for the group but this is her first full-length drama.

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Cast in order of appearance

Pierre..........................................Andrea Barnaba
Jenny............................  ......................Sonia Rossi
Lisa................................................Emma De Paoli
Alex.................................................Mark Charnley
Silvana...........................................Maria Grimaldi
Kate............................. ............Cristina Ruschena
Mrs Ferguson...........  .......................Rhona Oliver


The action takes place over a weekend at Jenny and Pierre’s home in the English countryside in the late summer of 1968. 

Jenny has invited her former flat mates, Lisa, Kate and Silvana (with husband Alex), for the weekend for their first get-together in years. It emerges that Pierre is having an affair with one, has had an affair with another and looks to be contemplating yet another with the third. 

The three girls scheme to punish Pierre for his perfidiousness and eventually arrive at a plan based on information supplied by Jenny’s housekeeper. The plot misfires spectacularly amidst a great deal of comic confusion and it is the old grandfather clock that eventually punishes Pierre.


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