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The Still Room

Author(s): Sally Rogers
Company: Rogers Douglas Productions

It is 1981, Charles is about to marry Diana. It’s a day off work—but not for everyone. Set in Manchester, the waiting staff are preparing for the “Miss North West” competition that might revive the fortunes of both the staff and the small, tired hotel. School leaver Janice is working as a banqueting waitress whilst waiting for her O Level results. If she gets less than four, her father says she has to move out.

Janice is desperate to leave her home town and is struggling to see how that can happen—but then, a new waitress arrives. She is different to the other waiting staff and her sexual confidence and bold ideas challenge Janice's own perceptions of the world.

The Still Room is a razor-sharp, dark comedy play about dreaming big—examining class, attitudes towards sex and the concept of virginity in the 1980s, through the concealed moments in the room where the waiters wait. This is the debut play from Sally Rogers.

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