(A box-set – an elegant 18th century second-floor room overlooking Parliament Square, London, is the scene for
Upstage left and right, two pairs of french windows,covered by plain net curtains,each pair opening inwards and leading to a small, stone balcony.
Backstage, behind the two balconies, a cyclorama portrays an evening sky. There should be room between set
and cyclorama for a Fire Brigade Automatic Platform (which can be flown so that it can ‘rise’ to second floor level) and also for two or three off-stage voices and some simple sound-equipment.
The Stage-left wall, elegantly wall-papered, contains a grand fireplace with a mantelshelf and a small door leading to a toilet(unseen), similarly wall-papered,from which we should be able to hear a flush-lavatory. Several framed photographs stand on the mantelshelf.
The Stage-right wall contains an ornate door, opening inwards and leading to an unseen outer office.
All the furnishings should be 18th c. in style.
Centre-stage left, a heavy, ornate table that serves as the Home Secretary’s desk. Behind it, his chair – an upholstered upright chair with arms. Facing it on the other side of the table, a smaller chair.
Two more upright chairs on each side of the fireplace.
On the table, an intercom,a telephone, a file of papers and a pile of the day’s newspapers.
Between the two pairs of french windows, a small table.
The Home Secretary sits at his table reading ‘The Times’. (The intercom buzzes furiously and Sarah’s voice is heard, somewhat distorted, through the machine.)
Sarah: There’s a gentleman to see you, Home Secretary. He’s waiting downstairs with Security.
H.S.(pressing various buttons on the intercom): Sarah? Can you hear me? …