LUST IN THE DUST
The play is an hilarious comedy that borders on the edge of farce, the story opens on a winters evening and spans two days. There are two acts in the play, each of three scenes. All the action takes place in Elizabethâs living room with very little prop change. There are five characters in the play, three female and two male.
Elizabeth is a feisty widow, a former entrepreneur and explorer living with her daughter Penny and begrudging son-in-law Barry. Penny and Barry are due to visit old friends and business associates Clive and Roberta, leaving Elizabeth to sulk at home alone. At the last minute the visit has to be cancelled because Clive comes down with measles. However other guests due at Cliveâs need access to his computer because of mutual business arrangements. The use of Barryâs equipment is volunteered and the venue for the evening is hastily changed to their house.
Barry and Penny, not having the ideal marital relationship are both unbeknown to each other in the throes of a torrid love affair and as providence and the script would have it, their respective paramours just happen to be the two business associates of Cliveâs who are due to descend on them that very evening.
Due to deteriorating weather conditions and a blizzard closing in, the polite evening social event, turns into a claustrophobic weekend as it is revealed to all that an adulterous intrigue is taking place. Their secrets eventually come out, as do the claws and sharp tongues and as the weather worsens their tensions mount.
It is also discovered that Elizabeth has in her possession a priceless ancient artefact called The Diamond of Shallanab, acquired during one of her ancestorâs expeditions. She insists that she is only the custodian of this fabulous piece and is honour bound to return it to its rightful owners when the time is right, and that time is closely approaching. Evil is afoot as the now discovered adulterers are galvanised into action. Driven by lust and avarice the two pairs of adulterers scheme to steal this valuable treasure and make a new life for themselves elsewhere.
Fiendish plans of skulduggery are made and with the discovery of Elizabethâs lifeless body it appears that the plotting has escalated to murder. The tangled web becomes more tangled and the evil foursome are forced to combine forces for a common despicable goal. They are however thwarted by justice and Elizabethâs own amorous plans.
The final scene of the play has two possible endings and each individual company can employ the one they think most suitable.