by David Kerby-Kendall
"Is there anybody there?" are the first words of The Listeners, echoing the poem of the same name by Walter de la Mare. Five people are in a timeless but earthbound after-death space, and the Traveller arrives to help them take the next step. Frances, a retired headteacher, hates the modern world, Bobbie is a young woman who was cast off by her parents, Billy a promising young man who fell on hard times, Chris is lost in regrets, and Sara was an MP with ambitions to change the world. At the end all except one of them are ready to move on.
One-act. 3 men, 3 women, with some fluidity possible.