Monday, October 08, 2007

Calendar Boys

Over the past few years I've written several monologues some of which feature a Welsh Valleys family. I plan one day to complete the series giving each member of the family a voice, but that's one day. Reading the comments on the photo of the naked rugby players reminded me of a bit of one of the already written ones.

It's from the monologue narrated by Mam. Barry, the son of the family, plays rugby and the local clubhouse is falling down. One night Barry tells his mother and father, Gwyn, that the club's going to do some fund-raising but that they don't have many ideas for it yet. Mam has recently watched the DVD of Calendar Girls.

"That’s when I remembered the VD. I said, 'Hey, you know what you should do: make a calendar.' Gwyn looked up from the telly again, 'What of? Pretty pictures of all the local slag heaps and pit faces, is it?'
'Don’t be daft,' I said. 'I mean the boys.'
'That don’t sound very exciting,' Barry said.
'It would be,' I said, 'if they posed in the nude. With artistically arranged balls.' Well that made them sit up."