Playella | In the Woods by Tom Critch

Playellas are Descent’s series of tiny plays for your new writing quick fix.

In the Woods by Tom Critch

A MAN and WOMAN are in the woods. The MAN is naked. The WOMAN hands him her coat.

MOLLY: There. You must be freezing.

TREVOR: I didn’t mean to frighten you.

MOLLY: You didn’t. It’s fine. Well you certainly look like you’ve been through the wars.

TREVOR: Yes. I fell – after they stripped me. It was dark.

MOLLY: Are those your clothes there? They’re torn –

TREVOR: They cut them up. Thought they were being funny.

MOLLY: My cousin had a stag do in May. He snogged a police officer thinking she was a stripper.

TREVOR: I just need to get back to town –

MOLLY: I can drive you. God. What’s that smell?

TREVOR: I think it’s a sewage leak. How far is your car from here?

MOLLY: Is that a deer? God it’s in pieces – why are you looking at me like that?

TREVOR: This coat. It’s so warm – look at you. You’re shivering. Come here.


Tom’s play The Visit was presented by Descent in September 2012 at Rich Mix.

Illustration by Guy Warner.

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