Scripts for hireTen Days That Shook The Kitchen
A one woman play highlighting the ups and downs of parenting children of Primary School age.
Script available for public performance by professional or amateur theatre companies.
To be performed by one female performer playing numerous characters. Recommended playing age 30 +.
Running time 1 hour 10 minutes.
The bane of Ruth’s life is her 34DD cupped friend, Timmy’s Mum. (“Oh hi Ruthee, look I’ve got a hu-uge favour to ask.”) Ruth`s role in the relationship is to make Timmy’s Mum feel better about herself. Timmy’s Mum’s is to make Ruth feel worse. Things look up when Ruth prangs the car into dangerously good-looking Millie’s Dad’s BMW. They meet again at the PTA Karaoke and Quiche evening event….. Will she?
First performed with live songs from Hilary Lester under the title Confessions of a Stay at Home Mum at the Bridge House Theatre, Warwick on October 10th 2007.
For more information about hiring this script, please contact Ginny.
Fest Magazine ****
Prize-winning writer Ginny Davis presents Ruth Rich, a discontented stay-at-home mother-of-three. In an attempt to reassess her life, Ruth decides to record all of the gory details in a diary – what ensues is a series of amusing anecdotes about her family and home life. Until, that is, the flirtatious, BMW-driving, single Dad turns up, and Ruth`s entries become rather more raunchy.
The character which Davis creates has similarities to the ‘Slummy Mummy’ of Fiona Neill’s wildly successful column in The Sunday Times. Yet Davis’ dry wit and perceptive observations are sufficient to give a tried-and-tested formula some refreshing originality. Davis is able to colourfully and compellingly evoke the various sticky situations that Ruth finds herself in, and her animated delivery ensures that the show maintains pace until the very end.
Davis introduces an entertaining cast of characters, including a bumbling workaholic husband, an obstreperous 13-year-old daughter, and an insufferable mother-in-law. The star of Davis’ one-woman show, however, is the larger-than-life character of the ubiquitous Timmy’s Mum, whose acts of domestic-goddess one-upmanship, immaculate wardrobe, and 34DDs provide Ruth with a frequent source of exasperation.
This show is probably enjoyed best by the midlife, middle-class Mum who will be able to laugh knowingly at Ruth’s trials and tribulations. Yet Davis’ talent for describing the surprisingly comic side of everyday domestic life ensures that the one-woman performance has enough substance to entertain pretty much everyone else as well.”
“This one woman show is easy to watch and raises more than a few chuckles of recognition. ”
“Ginny Davis is charming as the put-upon wife and mother in this one-woman show about the trials of everyday life. A sort of Bridget Jones`s Diary for the 40 plus generation.A knowing performance from Davis with canny observations about family life.”
“Ten Days That Shook The Kitchen is a gentle exploration of what it means to be a mum and housewife in 2008.
Told in diary format , Ginny Davis plays Ruth a slightly desperate housewife, struggling to keep her balls in the air- difficult children, a stressed husband- and all whilst trying to keep up appearances with the other mums.
The show was performed with subtle, wry humour by Davis and was greeted with nods of recognition and chuckles from the audience. It is clear that the play struck a chord with mum`s and parents alike.
In terms of style, the piece would have benefitted from some more formal variation. It stuck very rigidly to diary entry followed by a musical interlude and grew a touch repetitive towards the end.
But otherwise this was a pleasant and gentle hour in the theatre, performed with ease by Davis”.
Reviewed by DS 10/08/08