Plays by Nancy McPherson ...


The Night I Danced with Cyd Charisse

Review in Scene Magazine, Spring 2012

"This play proved a delightful read with the quick-fire banter of three garage mechanics and their female work colleagues contrasting well with the more poignant sections, reminiscent of the 'Slab Boys' humour. Each character has to cope imaginatively with varying degrees of loneliness. Exceptionally well drawn characters from the loud and brash to the realistic and cynical with a good mix of ages and original setting in a garage workshop. Thoroughly recommended for festival performance."

Review in Amateur Stage Magazine, July 2011

"Set in a garage workshop, 'The Night I Danced with Cyd Charisse' is the story of three mechanics: Wilson, McBride and Lennox. Their workplace banter reveals a certain degree of companionship, though I doubt if they would describe themselves as friends. Wilson, the oldest of the three and most experienced both in life and in the complexities of the internal combustion engine, is given to the odd fantasy to disguise the sadness and loneliness that exist in his life. This is something he shares with the others and, as the story unfolds, we find that the characters have more in common than at first might appear.

In the end, Wilson has one more tale to tell. When he is called into the office he is expecting a pay rise, but when he returns he announces that he is to take early retirement. He tells the others that this has been planned for some time but we know this is not true.

Nancy McPherson's one-act play has plenty of pathos and we can relate to and sympathise with the characters. In addition to the men, there are two contrasting females who add to the comedy and make the whole thing gel. I enjoyed reading this script and would recommend it as a festival piece."

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