You invite a bunch of your mates to the cinema for your birthday and you’d hope they’d all arrive bearing gifts and treating you to a bucket of popcorn. Well, this bunch of friends do end up treating the birthday boy to popcorn and ice-cream, but not intentionally!
The birthday boy; an optimistic, cheerful happy-go-lucky little soul.
A rather vague young man, very easily puzzled, who takes everything literally.
Another happy-chappie to whom accidents seem to happen fairly often.
The moaner. Nothing is ever quite right for him and it is never his fault.
There’s a great deal of characterisation in this quartet and the four children have to work with each other to play against each other’s different personalities. There’s also restricted movement as they take their seats in the cinema. But adjudicators and examiners will recognise and reward any movement or body positioning that the children can put in within the confines of their seats. It should be noted that the children must still project their voices and lines to the audience even when they get stuck in their seats.
There are a few necessary props and set for this duologue that the characters interact with, so time must be spent collecting the props together, setting them up and getting the children to rehearse with them so that they get used to them.