Wednesday, 4 September 2013

"What the fuck was that?" My opening lines of dialogue

I've just copied down the opening lines of dialogue from all of my plays, just to see if there was any pattern. I'm not sure if I've learned anything from this yet... let me know if you spot anything significant.


“So many of my days feel like they are repeating themselves.” – About Time  

“I’ve got to go.” – Cleopatra’s Shadow  

“The sun has just exploded and the Earth has eight minutes until it feels the effect.” – Eight Minutes  

“You have to imagine this place is packed.” – everything. First time for...  

“Sorry for the wait.” – The Fidelity Act  

“Where were you last night?” – It’s Not the End of the World  

“When I’m not Lady Macbeth, I’m a figure in my husband’s art.” – Lady M  *

“I set fire to a brothel once. “ – Like a House on Fire  

“My mother was born into a cage and she was raised there.” – A Modern Superwoman  

“Throat cancer.” – The New Normal  

“There once was a girl from next door / Who moved in when she was four...” – Poems a Dead Boy Wrote  

“Excuse me, sir? Do you have the time?” – Richard Di Gregorio: On Time  

“I have a two hour break on Thursday afternoon, where I need to get to the library, stand in the lunch queue and be on the other side of campus for my three o’clock tute.” – Sibling Loyalty  

“I know. I’m early. Eight, forty-five.” – The Twelfth of Never  

“This is exactly how it was. A hot day. Those two sitting side-by-side.” – [untitled]

“What the fuck was that?” – who are you  

“Who are you supposed to be?” – Who Are You Supposed To Be?  

“Remember the letter I sent when I was thirty? That was five years ago for me... I hope you get these in the right order!” – You Will Be Kissed By Princess Leia  



* technically the first line of dialogue of Lady M is "Come you spirits, that tend of mortal thoughts..." - but I stole that