Daisy Fortune is a hard-working fiftysomething, who is supporting a lazy husband and a good-for-nothing son. She loses her job as a waitress in ‘The Cosy Corner’ after her son, Nathan’s pet lizard ‘Britney’, gets loose in the premises. She gets a job as a housekeeper for Bill and Oonagh Delaney. Oonagh is busy organizing a poetry workshop, which is being held in her home, and has invited renowned poet, Aubrey Peacock to attend. Meanwhile, there is tension in the Delaneys’ marriage as a result of Bill’s flirting with Wanda Hunt, the mother of one of his pupils.
However, when Nathan’s lizard escapes in the Delaney home and Oonagh’s fruit punch is accdentally laced with alcohol, the workshop turns into a complete disaster and the tension between Oonagh and Wanda finally explodes.
List of characters:
Daisy Fortune – a hard-working woman in her fifties, who hopes for a big lotto win.
Bill Delaney – the local national school principal, also in his fifties
Oonagh Delaney – Bill’s social climbing wife, who is also an aspiring poet.
Hilary Swan – Oonagh’s friend, who is a published poet and a man-hater.
Nathan Fortune – Daisy’s good-for-nothing son, who has big ideas.
Wanda Hunt – the flirtatious mother of one of Bill’s pupils. She fancies Bill.
Aubrey Peacock – a vain and self-absorbed poet, who is terrified of lizards.
Fr. McCabe – an elderly priest, who finds Wanda intimidating.
Gina Berry – a mouthy waitress in ‘The Cosy Corner’.
Gloria Harte – the owner of ‘The Cosy Corner’, who has grand ideas.
Photographer – turns up when the poetry workshop is in full swing
Running time: 2 hours approx.
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