A fool’s errand…or a deadly trap?

Seventh Suitcase Cover Design (FINAL1) webI’ve just sent off another play to my publisher Silvermoon. ‘The Seventh Suitcase’ is a play I’ve been working on for some time. At last, I’m happy with it – and hope to direct it in the Studio at the Dolman Theatre.

The play, which for some reason I’ve always imagined takes place in Ireland, revolves around Tim an unemployed fork lift truck driver who arrives at a seedy hovel to deliver a suitcase to an old man who’s asleep in a bed in the corner.

As he waits for the old man to wake up so he can give him the suitcase and claim his reward, he encounters two women. One offers him tea and sympathy, the other whisky and words of wisdom.

They all want to know what’s inside the suitcase but only the sleeping old man has the key. As the play unfolds, one thing becomes clear – this is not the first time a battered old suitcase has been delivered here.  And it won’t be the last.

To date, Silvermoon have published four of my plays which are available either from their websire or from Amazon.

About philmansell

I'm a writer, photographer, illustrator and film-maker with a Masters degree in Multimedia & Information Design from the University of Wales, Newport. I'm also volunteer PR Officer with Newport Playgoers Society who own and run the city's 400-seater Dolman Theatre. I trained at the London Film School where I specialised in script-writing, directing and animation, and had three films screened at the National Film Theatre. After teaching film-making, photography and art, I moved into the world of advertising and PR and was a professional writer. My play 'According to Claudia' was selected by Newport Playgoers Society to launch their 92nd season. It won the Award for Theatre Show of the Year 2014 presented by lifestyle and entertainment magazine Voice. It has since been published by Silvermoon Publications and is available from Amazon. Other plays I have had published include 'Poor Yorick', 'Bunkered' and 'Caddying for Godot'. Previously my one act play 'Poor Yorick' was a winning entry in a competition run as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages project and was performed at both the 400-seat Dolman Theatre and Blackwood Little Theatre. Another play, 'Bunkered', was one of the winning entries in a competition judged by Welsh playwright Frank Vickery.
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