The Little Devil Café

Background

The play is set in a Café, in town. The location of which is not stated, this is due to the fact that it should feel like any small café that people would go to. Allowing it to be put on both on stage and in real world surroundings. The shop is owned by Maggie, who runs the shop her self and has grown to have loyal customers and friends but also has an eye for spotting the troublemakers and has her own unique way of dealing with them.

Characters

Maggie

  • 38
  • Female
  • Curly big, brown hair.
  • Wearing a shoulder length black top, Light pink long trousers (cover the top of her shoes)
  • Nostalgic. See’s herself as giving Karma a hand. Tries to help people who feel they’ve been cheated in some way.

Customer 1

  • Business man, aged about 34
  • In a supervisory position at estate and retail development agency.
  • Wearing a suit and tie, suit is a dark gray and tie is a red burgundy colour. He has an earpiece in and has his phone in his hand constantly.
  • Has a sense of entitlement and often doesn’t notice the things around him.
  • Tries to get the best projects, competitive.
  • He’s not afraid to step on people to get what he wants.

 

Jessica

  • Student, age about 22
  • She’s in her last year of university, so is constantly working.
  • Has know Maggie since first year at university, and has become like a daughter to Maggie.
  • Always has a backpack that looks over filled. But no ones sure what it’s filled with.
  • Short Brown hair, jeans, and baggy jumper.
  • Always appears to be busy with a new project and coursework. Can seam flustered to outsiders.
  • She has a hard time trusting people, and will often hide behind sarcastic comments when talking to new people.

Mark

  • Age about 25
  • He has recently started a new job at the same estate and retail development agency as customer 1.
  • He feels like he needs to impress the people around him. This is sometimes seen as being cocky
  • He doesn’t enjoy his job, as he feels like his boss is out to get him fired.
  • His supervisor/ boss is Customer 1
  • Wearing blue jeans, white shirt and a blazer.
  • Try’s to look smart but can come across as immature.
  • He’s good at heart and can sometimes be a little gullible.

Audience members on stage

  • Depending where the play is put on. If in an actual coffee shop, these could be regular customers and are able to leave when they want.
  • If the play in put on at a stage, they will be randomly selected via tickets and will come on to the stage as normal customers.
  • The interaction between them and Maggie, should be completely unscripted, adlibbing where possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scene1

A green, ageing desk, boxed in on three sides, with browning/ black corners. The till looks old; an antique sits on top of the desk. Behind the desk is a row of cupboards, set slightly lower than the desk. The colour is similar to the front desk. But on this is a coffee machine and a few cake stands at different levels. The cake stands contains a chocolate cake, a cheesecake and a carrot cake. The counter is stood in the middle of the stage. There are about three small tables dotted around the stage. All have two matching chairs.           Starts off with Maggie, taking a large slice of chocolate cake and putting it on to a plate. She sets it down next to the till and looks up

Maggie: Oh… I didn’t think we’d have anyone it at this time

Maggie looks down at the chocolate cake

Maggie: I was just having a small snack…. well a big snack. But someone’s got to try the first slice,

Maggie looks down at cake

Maggie: you know just to make sure. Fine, its almost like eating chocolate cake at eight in the morning is a bad thing. You try it then.

Maggie walks from behind the counter, picks up cake, walks around the stage a bit

Maggie: Um… let me see… ah you. Yes you the one drooling like a St. Bernard, you can try the first slice.

Maggie bends down, beckons the audience member over, hands the plate to them. Before they go back, stops them

Maggie: Wait! Hang on.

Maggie runs back to the counter picks up a fork and napkin, turns towards the audience again but then turns back to the counter, goes behind counter picks up small bucket, runs back to the audience member, jabs the fork into the cake and hands them the bucket. Maggie stands up straight pats down her apron and looks back up.

Maggie: Well just incase.

Maggie goes back behind the counter and wipes down the top

Maggie: I guess it’s for the best; they’ll be coming through the door any minute. All suited and booted

Maggie mimes doing up a tie.

Maggie: All in their own little worlds face focused intently on the small device that rule over their schedules. The only time they look up from their phones is to pay. Sometimes they don’t even do that. You know I had to move the napkins to the other side of the counter because we had people trying to scan their cards against the box. … And they look at me strange when it doesn’t work.

The door opens; there is a bell that dings when Customer 1 steps through the door. His earpiece is in and he appears to be having a conversation with someone

Customer 1: I told you to print out the charts for the meeting…. What about the reports?

Customer 1 approaches the counter still talking on the phone. He is looking at his phone in his hand

Customer 1: Hazelnut Mocha! No not you John I’m at the café around the corner, Get your own you cheap Git… Oh yeah, really when?

Customer 1: Making the coffee for the meeting doesn’t count. Especially when it taste as foul as yours did… John no one drank the coffee. They swore it was made from tar

Maggie turns her back to the customer who continues his conversation. She then places the takeaway cup on the counter

Maggie: That’ll be Three forty five

 

Customer 1: That’s stupid… Here

Customer 1 hands Maggie five-pound note and waits for Maggie to give his change

Customer 1: some people can be so slow sometimes… Listen I’ll be there in a minute might have been faster if certain establishments got with the twenty first century.

Maggie hands the customer his change, and points to the container to her left

Customer 1: Sugar?

Customer 1 finally looks up at Maggie to notices she’s pointing to the container on the side, which contains sugar. His phone beeps. He presses the button on the side of his earpiece, and continues to put three sugar packs into his coffee

Customer 1: Hey Jacky, I’ve just got off the phone with John…. Oh good you know… Its in 20 Minutes…I know I know…any chance of a miracle…you are a star

Customer 1 walks through the door but his last words can still be heard as he passes through the door

Customer 1: Yeah I know dickhead right. Haha.

Maggie goes in front of the counter to pick up the empty sugar packets off the counter.

Maggie Turns towards audience

Maggie: ‘I could have been annoyed, I could of refused to serve him. But then what’s the point in that.

Goes back behind the counter to put the packets in the bin

Maggie: Besides he left us a nice tip…Oh he doesn’t know he did but he did. And no I didn’t shortchange him. Do you see any prices anywhere?

Maggie: No of course you don’t. Makes it easier to put in place what I like to call the DHB tax. That’s Dick heads and Bitches for any of you still wondering. Here we made a sign and everything.                                                                                                                     Maggie point to the small sign on the side of the till

Maggie: Don’t give me that look. If more places had this I think the world would be a little bit of a better place….

Maggie: Maybe not for getting rid of all the people like that in the world, but by making the rest of us feel a little better thinking that they’re having to pay just that little bit more. Why I’m down right saintly

Maggie Smiles wide showing teeth

Scene 2

The café is more full now with some audience members siting in two of the tables drinking coffee/tea and eating cake. They have entered after Customer 1 has left. The interaction between Maggie and the audience should be improvised during these points. The door opens, Enters Jessica. She’s one of Maggie’s regulars. Maggie is putting a fresh cup/pot of tea/coffee on one of the tables. Maggie picks up the empty cup/pot as Jessica walks through the door

Jessica: Hey Maggie, quiet morning?

 

Maggie: It’ll pick up in a bit, besides not often I see you before one.

 

Jessica: Haha, I’m not here by choice

 

Maggie; Well its nice to see you too

 

Jessica: ‘Had a lecture this morning. Eleven o’clock and I get here ready to go

Jessica pats her over sized backpack. The bag makes a clunking noise.

Jessica: only to find out its been canceled.

 

Maggie: That’s a shame, suppose you want your regular

 

Jessica: Oh yes please Maggie, its been a long morning, you’re a star

 

Maggie: You go and sit down I’ll bring it over

Jessica moves to an empty table and gets out her notebooks and puts her bag under the table, there is a clinking sound as it hits the metal leg on the bottom of the table. Maggie is over at the counter putting the last touches to Jessica’s drink; she looks over in her direction

 

Maggie: ‘One day someone’s going to ask you what you’ve got in that bag’

 

Jessica: ‘A lady never tells’

Maggie comes over with a large hot chocolate toped with whipped cream and two chocolate flakes slowly melting into the chocolate. She places it on the table in front of Jessica

Maggie: ‘you know this is only a small shop Jessica’

Jessica: ‘I know, I know. If anyone comes in they can sit in the other chair’

Jessica points to the chair opposite

Maggie: ‘That seems fair, enjoy your drink’

Jessica takes one of the chocolate flakes and stirs in the cream a little

Jessica: ‘Thanks Maggie’

Maggie walks back over to the counter, and turns towards the audience and addresses the audience

Maggie: She’s a good kid, a little over worked if you asked me. I’ve been trying to set her up for the last month but she’s been making it impossible.

Maggie: You see I send over someone I think she’d like and get them to sit down across from her. It’s not the first time I’ve got her to share the table. You know just to get a conversation going, but it’s like she doesn’t even see them.

Maggie: I know what you might be thinking. Maybe they’re just not her type. But I’ve tried men, women, blondes, brunettes, and short, tall, plain, handsome. Either I’m getting rusty or she’s just not looking for it.

Maggie looks defeated; she goes around and picks up any empty cups/ plates. Jessica keeps writing in her book

Maggie: Maybe I’m missing something.

Scene 3

The door opens and customer 2(Mark) walks in, he’s carrying a folder in one hand. He goes to the counter and starts to check his phone. Maggie goes behind the counter and looks up at Mark.

Maggie: Hi what can I get you?

Mark looks up from his phone

Mark: Oh … um … can I get a mocha and a slice of lemon cheesecake?

Maggie begins getting the order together. Mark starts to look around the shop for a clear table. But there are none

Mark: Hey I don’t suppose you’ve got anymore tables, I’ve got some important work that I need to do before I get back to the office.

Maggie places his order on the counter and types it into the till

Maggie: I’m sorry, we’ve only got that chair and there might not be enough room on the table for you both.

Maggie points to the table where Jessica is sitting. Jessica looks up and sees the man at the counter

Jessica: Oh no that’s okay Maggie he can sit there

Maggie: Well then I guess we do have a table. Oh that will be four pound thirty please.

Mark hands Maggie the money and waits for his change. Then he takes the tea and cheese cake over to the table and sits down

Mark: Thanks for this I’m Mark, there’s never enough space in here to get anything done, I don’t know why they don’t invest in a bigger space.

Jessica moves some of her books around to make some room. But goes back to looking at her work

Towards audience Maggie: Well you know what people say about men looking for bigger spaces.

Jessica: I’m Jessica, sorry about the mess, deadlines.

Mark: Nice name, a bit long, ever thought about going with just Jess?

Jessica: You ever thought about going with just Ma?

Maggie laughs loudly and drops something behind the counter. Everyone looks at her. She looks embarrassed and tries to hide it by cleaning up

Maggie: Sorry, it slipped.

Mark goes back to talking to Jessica

Mark: I’m sorry; I didn’t mean to upset you. Would you like some of this cheesecake?

Mark cuts a piece of the cheesecake off and offers Jessica the plate.

Jessica takes the piece of cake, and casually looks at what is in Marks folder

Jessica: What is it you do Mark? Or would you prefer Ma?

Mark: I’m a property consultant; I advise people how they can make more out of their commercial property mostly. Our firm has just got a big local contract. I’m just going over the details.

Mark taps the folder

Jessica: Sounds …um…interesting. Anywhere I know?

Mark: Actually I think one of the properties is the shop next door. Yes here it is.

Mark moves his finger along the sheets of paper until he finds the address of the shop next door

Mark: thirty six Bishop Street

 

Jessica: You mean thirty-four or thirty eight?

 

Mark: No. No. I’m sure it said thirty-six.

Mark turns through some of the papers but spills his coffee on some of the paper

Mark: Oh shit, pass me some tissue quickly!

Jessica hand Mark some tissue for him to wipe up the spilled coffee.

 

Mark: Yeah here it is thirty-six. Apparently the owners had a proposal to turn it into a high-class restaurant and expand it. They’ll get double the rent from the new business.

 

Jessica: But this is number thirty-six.

Jessica leans over her work and looks at the papers in front of Mark.

Jessica: I hate to burst your bubble, but that doesn’t say thirty-six. That doesn’t even say Bishop Street. Look it’s thirty-eight Bishops Walk. That’s on the other side of town.

 

Mark: God dam it! But I am sure my supervisor said it was this street. I hate that guy. He’s been doing crap like this since I started.

Jessica: Why?

Mark: Because he’s a dickhead. And he wants me to quit, he’s still pissed off, I showed him up in front of his client this morning.

Maggie has been listening in on the conversation as she’s been working. Maggie comes over to the table

Maggie: This boss of yours, dress like he’s heading to a mafia meeting, got one of those earpieces in his ear all the time, look like he swallowed a lemon if he has to look up from his phone?

 

Mark: Oh you know him then?

Maggie: lets just say your right about the dickhead part.

Jessica: Maggie, you didn’t?

Maggie: He was rude.

Jessica: You can’t charge people extra, even when you think they are being an ass.

 

Mark: I agree with Maggie.

 

Jessica: Don’t you start!

Marks phone starts to ring. Mark picks up the phone. Maggie and Jessica watch Mark on the phone. Maggie picks up the coffee cup and the wet tissues.

Mark: Yeah it’s Mark. Boss I’m still on my lunch. Do you really need it this second? Okay Oaky I’ll be there in soon.

Mark hangs up the phone and starts to gather his papers together.

Mark: I’m sorry Jessica, work calls. It was nice to meet you.

 

Maggie: I’ve got something that would be perfect for your boss.

Maggie goes to the counter and grabs a clear takeaway box with a piece of chocolate lava cake inside. She hand it to Mark.

Mark: I thought you said he was a dickhead?

 

Maggie: And I stick to that assumption, this is just something I save for the ones who really need a kick up the backside.

Jessica packs up her things and sticks them in her bag. She crosses over to the counter to pay for her things. Mark is walking towards the door. Maggie walks behind the counter and shouts after him.

Maggie: Just don’t rub your eyes after you touch the cake.

Mark looks worried and walks through the door.

 

Jessica: Do I even want to ask?

 

Maggie: Lets just say dark chocolate goes very well with chill. That’s three pound twenty.

Jessica hands over the money and waits as Maggie puts it into the till. Maggie puts the money into the till and hands Jessica her change.

 

Jessica: You know one day you’re going to get caught.

 

Maggie: Maybe, but I’ve got the perfect cake to get out of anything.

Jessica: Does it happen to have a file baked into it? Or maybe a hidden stash of money?

 

Maggie: Jessica, you know a lady never tells. Haven’t you got a bus to catch?

 

Jessica: Haven’t you got a shop to run? See you later Maggie!

Jessica leaves the shop, her bag clanking against the door on the way out.

At this point, Maggie brings the remaining tables their bills. This is a signal to audience members on stage to move off of stage. Maggie walks around the shop picking up empty cups and plates and puts them on the counter. The audience on stage might interact with Maggie when leaving, recommended responses be unscripted but still in character of a café owner.

Maggie address main audience.

Maggie: Well its almost closing time. If you leave now you might catch the last train. Oh don’t look at me like that. Think of it like giving karma a little hand. Besides I only put three chills in the cake. The last one I baked, I ended up putting six scotch bonnets in. I’d say that todays been quite tame.

Maggie wipes down the table around the stage.

Maggie: It wasn’t always like this though. The thing is most of the time people go about their day with a moderately pleasant attitude, saying please, thank you. And even the occasional smile. But there are also a few people who go through their day treating people like me, like we are not worth their time.

Maggie takes the cups off the counter and puts them under the counter. Maggie wipes down the tops of the counters.

Maggie: The next time you go to a shop, a restaurant, a bar or your local paper shop, maybe you’ll stop to think what did they put in the cake. Speaking of cake, it’s been a slow day and apparently carrot just isn’t what people want in a cake anymore.

Maggie picks up the carrot cake and begins to slice it up.

Maggie: I don’t know, maybe it’s the idea of putting vegetables in a cake. I’ve always been quite fond of carrot cake. My Grandma used to bake a wonderful carrot cake, she used to own a shop a little like this one and I would sit on a stool in front of the counter colouring in a colouring book she kept under the counter for me. Colouring with one hand and a piece of cake in the other. Most of the pages were stained with sticky fingerprints.

Maggie walks from behind the counter holding a slice of cake and a napkin, Maggie walks over to one of the tables and sits down in a chair facing the audience.

Maggie: She used to say, ‘people don’t mean to be bad, but some people need a bit of a reminder to be good’. Lets say that sign has been on that till for a while. But that’s enough of me talking for one day. I think it’s about time for me to have a sit down and enjoy some cake.

Maggie begins to eat cake as the lights go down.

The End

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Writing

As part of my advantage module this year, I had to write a short script for a play. I chose to write about a coffee shop and a dark humored owner. I hope to add to it and expand it a little bit. I might even go as far as to write something else.

Becoming the Inclusions officer at Coventry University’s Creative Writing Society.

In resent elections, I was elected as the Inclusions officer for the Creative writing society. As a inclusion officer my core role, is to have contact with students and be a more of contact for students who might find it more difficult to sign up and get stuck in to a society. Basically making sure everyone in and outside of the society feels welcome and feels like they can discuss any issues they have.

Some of the tasks that lay with the Inclusions officer are, promotion, working with other committee members to ensure that their area has taken inclusion issues into consideration. Event organization, with the help of other committee members in order to  promote the society and also get the members of the society involved in events.  I also have the job to deal confidentially with issues that students might have.

One plan that I have for developing the society is to create a shared publishing site, so that those members who wished to submit their writing online can do that in a safe space. I need to work on the development of such a site but hopefully there should be something in the making by the start of next year. I can use my website skills and design expertise in order to create a user friendly site, which everyone in the society can use. In a way once the site is being used my role on that front would change to moderator, making sure that the online environment remains a safe and supportive one.

 

Within These Walls 4

The Coventry Photo club have an exhibition annually based upon the PicBod photo course. I took part in the exhibition this year and last year.

This year I wanted to show photographs that showed the anxiety some people face and the negative impact this can have upon a person.

The words written on the models faces are representative to some of the anxieties people feel, putting them on their faces shows how vulnerable they are to external words and internal thoughts. The bound hands is used to represent the crippling effect that these fears and anxiety on people, as it stops them from reaching their goals.

Graphic Beauty, Interview and potential collaboration.

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At the start of the easter holidays I had an informal interview/ meeting with a group of students looking to form a group of artistic collaborators. They wanted to make a group made up of make up artists, models, photographers and set designers in order to be able to create images and photos together. The creation of such as group would allow people to have a ready pool of people to work with on projects, whether for a personal or professional project.

I wanted to join the group as a photographer. The questions asked where mainly to do with my experience, at which point I told them about my portfolio and my participation in the photo club society.

I thought the interview went well, I have heard back about a potential meeting in order to meet the other people who also joined the group. But as of yet, there is still designations to be made as to when and where.

I was a little stressed about the interview, not because of what it was for but mainly the fact that I had been in hospital over night and had not be discharged until two hours before the interview. Needless to say there was a little bit of a rush to get there on time, that being said I gain arrived early.

Going for an Interview

Screenshot 2017-05-03 01.12.34Recently I was invited for an interview at OmAwake in Birmingham, for a social media internship. They company is an online based company, working to connect holistic practitioners with potential clients. The platform gives the partitioner tools in order to successfully run their business, such as calendars and scheduling. They had a social media presence already on Facebook and Twitter, but said that they wanted to expand their influence more in Instagram and other visual social media outlets.

First off finding the location was quite easy, I walked from the train station. But I did find a bus route that was located quite close to the building. I arrived very early, which is good on the one hand but I think it through the people giving the interview off a little, they thought I was someone else at first. But once we got past that part the interview went very well.

Some of the questions they asked were along the lines of, what my experience was and why I had chosen to do an internship with their company. I mentioned my marketing module which I took part in at the beginning of this year and told them my experience of working in groups and designing the graphics used in that module. I attempted to put a lot of enthuses on my visual skills, with using photoshop and other design tools, along with my photography.

The reason as to why I wanted to work with their company was relatively simple. I wanted to be able to connect people together on a social level, but also I had an interest in their company on a holistic level too. This is because of my Marfan Syndrome and the fact that holistic therapy was and still is a part of dealing with the pain that creates. So on a personal level I understood the importance of being able to connect to a holistic partitioner.

Overall I was happy with how the interview went, but I feel like I might of talked too much or too quickly due to being a little nervous. There was some reservations about me being at Coventry university  as they had worked with an intern from the university in the past and had some difficulty with communication and commuting to the office. I then mentioned that I was relatively free apart from the one day at university in the coming term and the fact that I lived relatively close to the train station. Making the hours I could work very flexible. They mentioned the fact that there could be communication over Skype and such. However they did also suggest that they might be looking for someone who lived in Birmingham.

The company is based within the Innovation Birmingham Campus ICentrum building. The building is host to a number of online start up companies. And the open layout of the building is meant to promote collaboration and productivity within the companies. It did seem like a very enjoyable environment to work in and it reminded me a little of the layout of my college.

There was one little worry I had when I arrived for the interview, due to the fact that it was raining outside I had not had chance to take my trainers off and switch to my black pumps. It was a silly thing to be worried about considering that I had dressed appropriately in business attire. But never the less it was one thing that I would of liked to have changed given the opportunity.

I hope to hear back from them during the week. At which point I will post about further developments and any feedback they might have from the interview.