A Kind of Vesuvius

A sensitive treatment of the devastating effects of unemployment, both on individuals and their families.

One-act play for three middle-aged, middle-class men. David, Derek and Ian teeter on the brink of ‘a kind of Vesuvius’, each in his own way trying to cope with unemployment. Their attempts to preserve their everyday lives, warding off depression and the feelings of rejection, anger and aggression, range from the touching to moments of manic humour. Despite their positive intentions, they are forced to acknowledge the wisdom of Derek’s Auntie Maureen – ‘Life is a bugger sometimes, Derek, and it helps to have a little cry’.

Came first in the National Drama Festival Association’s British All Winners Festival. Published by Samuel French, 52 Fitzroy St, London W1P 6JR

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