BELFRAGE - A wanderer and single parent. Attractive, slightly haggard,
capable of loudly ominous silences. Her nervous nature shows in smoking: holding
the cigarette near the tip, inhaling it in quick little drags, stubbing it out
long before finishing. Otherwise she is self-possessed. Her accent is posh without
ERIC MUIR A young lecturer at a teacher’s
training college anywhere in Britain. A Cambridge scholarship has left him confident
within very narrow limits, but living carefully inside these limits he is soberly
sure of himself and without nervous mannerisms. His nearly deadpan face conveys
feeling with a minimum of change and under stress becomes immobile. His voice
is curt and quiet, his accent like Mavis.
– Muir’s office
2 – Mavis’s bed sitting room
– Muir’s living room
4 – Muir’s living room, a week
5 – Muir’s living room, a fortnight later
Muir’s living room, early morning
Manager of electrical goods shop, a widower of fifty. He is a buoyant and firm
person with a naturally loud voice, but never when angry or disturbed. He is intelligent
and tolerant, can be broadly built or else small and dynamic. His accent is local.
BILL BELFRAGE A stoical boy, determined not to be excited
or interested in anything. He becomes lively when involved by a game. He should
not seem older than fifteen. A small actress could play him.
CLIVE EVANS A young Welshman with an irritating air of detached superiority
– only in Scene 10.
DR. SCHWEIK A formidable Slavonic
academic – only in Scene 9.
– Muir’s living room, a week later
8 – Muir’s living
room, that night
9 – Muir’s living room, two days later
– Clive Evans’ lodgings
11 – The Muir’s living room