Touching Tomorrow

by Gillian Plowman

Touching Tomorrow had 2 performances over 17 years ago (between the 5th of March 2004 and the 3rd of April 2004) at Cecil Hepworth Playhouse

This is a powerful one act play which boldly tackles the subjects of homelessness, rape and disability with humour, honesty and warmth.

Dorcas looks after her middle-aged brother Vincent who has learning difficulties. She has brought home Gemma, a homeless girl who says she has been raped. Dorcas invites her to stay, despite the protests of her local reporter friend, Kate.

Is Gemma telling the truth, is she fantasising, or just an opportunist? It is Vincent who provides the possible way ahead for Gemma.

The action takes place in the living room of Dorcas and Vincent over two days. The play is set in the present day against a backdrop of Beatles' music - Vincent's favourites.

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Vincent - Mark Humble

In his 50s, Vincent has a friendly, outgoing nature. Has mild learning disabilities but does work in special facilities. A challenging role enabling the actor to give a portrayal of a rounded and likeable person

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Dorcas - Linda Russell

Vincent's sister who lives with and cares for him. In her 50s, works in the refuse department of the local council. A giving and caring person with a positive attitude to people in difficulties

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Gemma - Nancy Lund

A homeless girl of about 25; has developed a streetwise persona and is a survivor; needs to be played to show her edginess as well as her vulnerability

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Kate - Anne Nunn

A friend of Dorcas, local reporter, any age, suspicious and unable to resist the reporter's instinct!

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Sholto - Nigel Smith

A friend of Vincent, who lives with his parents; any age; excitable and friendly; also has learing disabilities and works with Vincent

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Director - Judith Dolley

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Lighting - Bill Payne

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Sound - Ian Santry

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Stage Manager - John Godliman

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Decor - Ann Philcox

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Continuity - Jill Payne

Runners Up Elmbridge Drama Festival - 2004
Best Actor Mark Humble Elmbridge Drama Festival - 2004
Best Supporting Player Anne Nunn Elmbridge Drama Festival - 2004
Technical Award Elmbridge Drama Festival - 2004