Playella | The No 42 by Chloe Ewart

A man and a woman sit next to each other on the top deck of the bus. They are both staring out the window in silence.

WOMAN: Why do cars have sunroofs?

MAN: So you can feel like you’re outside as you drive.

WOMAN: No, convertibles aren’t for me. Not my cup of tea. It’s like sitting in a bath.

MAN: Each to their own.


WOMAN: I’d rather have a bike. Then you’re really outside.

MAN: But you can’t go as fast.

WOMAN: It’s not about speed. It’s about how it feels. It’s the wind at your feet.

MAN: A matter of taste I suppose.

She sighs

WOMAN: Minestrone for lunch? With that crusty white bread?

MAN: I’d prefer pea and ham.

WOMAN: We’ll have to stop at the shops. We don’t have that at home. Can you not have minestrone instead?

MAN: I guess it all tastes the same.

She cries

WOMAN: Do you love me still?

MAN: I’m not sure anymore.

WOMAN: Isn’t this our stop? Ring the bell will you dear. We don’t want to miss it.

MAN: It wouldn’t be so bad.


Chloe’s play Penpals will be performed as part of Now We Are Three from 20-24 August at Southwark PlayhouseMore info

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One comment

  1. Keith Large

    Thanks,             Looking forward to Chloe’s play ‘Penpals’ at Southwark Playhouse.                   Best wishes,                      Keith Large            



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