Script: Make the skies grey again

Dear Fictional Newspaper, I feel it’s time to be truly honest about the causes of my transgender nature. For years I’ve been reading scholarly articles, following researchers including psychologists, geneticists, and other health professionals, hoping that they may find an explanation as to why some of us are straight, gay, cisgender, or transgender in nature. Having both an interest in the above and living as a trans person, well, this does not make me an expert. Perhaps, at best, maybe well read on the science. Certainly the strongest contenders seem to be either a genetic propensity towards sexuality and/or gender; or how hormones affect – or not – as we develop in the womb. For readers of the Newspaper That […]

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Scene: The Truth

Scene: a video call with a collection of people. Simon: Given what’s going on at the moment, do you think we should come clean about YATGB? Jane: You mean the truth will out? I’m not sure. Just because two high profile people have been caught lying to the population, do we need to change? Simon: Caught again or has that not been shown in law? Dave: It’s a post truth world now. You can say what you like and if someone has a pop at you, play the Cancel Card or say Fake News a lot. Jane: That or Dennis the Anti Peasant: “Help! I’m being oppressed by the little people!” Dave: Leprechauns? Jane: No, my love. The rank and […]

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Script: The Search

Scene: a staff meeting room in a secondary school. Ru: Thank you all for coming in today and at such short notice. Colleagues at the table nod and smile. Tina: So, Ru, you said it was urgent. Liz: Sorry, I’ll just pull the curtains to. The sun’s a bit low. Sorry, Ru. Ru: All settled? Ah, yes, I did, didn’t I, say it was urgent. I, um, would like to introduce a new colleague to the team. Mr Collins. He’ll be joining us once he passes Security. There’s a knock at the door and Collins enters. Gerald: Welcome. Are you the new Drama teacher? Ru: Ah, my apologies, Mr Collins, I was just brief- Collins: My title is TransFinder Collins, […]

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Script: Rapid

Scene: two people are sat drinking coffee on a park bench. There’s a small dog on an extender lead sniffing nearby. Fiaz: Oh man I needed coffee this morning. Delia: No one makes a cup like Man In An Old Van. Just, try to stick to one a day. I had two last weekend and I swear I could see time slow down. Fiaz: Ha ha. I could do with a bit of extra time. The twins are running me flat out. Delia: It’ll get easier. How old are they now? Fiaz: They’re three next birthday. Delia: It’ll be easier when they turn twenty. Fiaz: Oh, thanks for the encouraging words. How’s the search going to be a motivational speaker? […]

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Script: Door to door

Scene: Two smartly dressed women are walking down a gravel driveway towards a small cottage in a village. The cottage has an old fashioned greenhouse nearby. Doris: Would you like to go first this time? Georgia: I’m a bit out of puff after that hill. Would you mind? Doris: Of course not. Doris knocks on the door and both ladies wait. Georgia: Do you think they’ll answer? I wonder if word has gone round? Doris: Well, they’ve got one of those fancy iSpy doorbell cameras. Best smile now… No, your other best smile. We’re not auditioning for Crime Watch. There’s the sound of a door creaking open from the garden. Alice is stood in the doorway of the greenhouse. Alice: […]

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