As the series title suggests,
the plays are two-handers featuring
lovers who say little or, to be more precise, express themselves
in few words. No character ever says more
than three words before the other character speaks again.
This device ensures that the plays are exceptionally fast moving.
Laconic Lovers was inspired by the
3 2 1 Bang, written for Actors
and Writers London. The lovers, a man and a woman,
move rapidly from one-word to two-word to three-word dialogue
and back again, reflecting changes in the tension between them
and the different moods of their relationship.
Paddy Gormley went on to develop
three more plays in the series:
- Stock Control (Part 1) (2M).
Two men working in an office use the telephone to initiate romantic
encounters with two women in another department.
- Stock Control (Part 2) (2F).
We hear the women's side of the story.
- Fare is Fowl (1F, 1M). Drake