It all started so slowly, almost imperceptibly, a few citizens remarked on the dead rats . . . but on the whole it was ignored . . . Then people started to die, the doctors were confused at first. A new virus perhaps? . . . The doctors wracked their brains for an answer, compared notes and a terrible suspicion was confirmed. The Plague
A quarantine was set in place, nothing out and very little in . . . Gradually more houses were boarded up and painted red. A city under siege . . . The ill were taken to hospital, their houses boarded up and fumigated. Those who were in contact with the ill were taken to the stadium, until they were approved well. Yet many healthy people went in there and came out dead, people stayed there for years.
The woman is at the doors of the Stadium again. She has been coming here for days, pleading her case, each day coming closer and closer to hysteria
“You’ve got to let him out, don’t you understand? He’s not sick.”
The guard stands firm on the other side of the fence, a look of intense boredom on his face.
“Not without a certificate of health ma’am.”
“But you won’t even let the doctors see them, how can he get a certificate of health?”
That’s not my concern.”
The woman hurls herself against the wire mesh which shakes and rattles like a thunderclap. She grabs the wire mesh in her hands and sobs gently in the gloom.
“Please . . . ” They are the only words she has left.
A multiform for seven players in a city under quarantine.
Please use care when selecting this module as it is emotional in nature, slightly claustrophobic and quite confronting.
By Liz Argall
In a minor key
original concept thanks to the novel The Plague by Albert Camus and the film by the same name. While knowledge of these is totally unnecessary, I highly recommend the book and especially the film as a beautiful, heart wrenching experience.