Little White Lies – Act 1 finished

I have just finished Act 1 of my new play, ‘Little White Lies’. I know I’ve been at it since Christmas, but my mother hasn’t been so well during the past few months and it’s been a matter of priorities. There were days when I did no writing at all – a mortal sin in some writing circles. And it’s true that a writer can lose a grip on plot and character when not writing every day. But I’m my mother’s sole carer, and she comes first.
The story so far: Bronagh Barrett has discovered that her boyfriend, Pete O’Shea whom she thought was an accountant, is in fact a lorry driver. The lie comes to light when his lorry is stolen. She ends their relationship immediately.
I have started Act 2: Scene 1 and it’s taking shape nicely. The various stages of plot development are in my head – it’s just a matter of joining them up. I’m not sure if I have too much plot to develop and sort out in the remaining time limit, but I’ll see as I go along. Oddly enough, I had planned to start Act 2 with Rita Barrett (Bronagh’s mother) and Della Dooley a local busybody), but started with Tom Barrett (Bronagh’s father) and Molly O’Shea (Pete’s mother) instead. I wanted to bring back Molly after her introduction in Act 1 and this seemed the only place I could do it. I’m glad I did as I was able to get some great comedy dialogue from the situation and lead eventually to Rita and Della’s entrance.
I’ll probably stick with the title, ‘Little White Lies’ as it’s growing on me..

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