A ROOM WITHOUT A DOOR

Drama in one act

by Alfred Vassallo

CHARACTERS

GEORGE

A prisoner of an unknown person or persons

CLARA

An indistinct voice from a speaker. Sister to Lucy

THOMAS

George's friend heard from a mobile phone only

LUCY

The wife of Thomas and sister to Clara

EMMA

Thomas' daughter aged fifteen

INSPECTOR BROWN

CONSTABLE COLLINS

(Lying on a bed is a middle-aged man. He is unconscious at first, when he wakes up he is distorted and confused. George is sleeping on the bed. After

a few minutes, he moves and lifts his head slightly. He realises it’s morning because the room is lit by the lights from the windows. He sits up unaware

of what’s around him. He messages his face as though he is washing them. Now he realises, he doesn’t know the surroundings. He gets up and walks straight to the walls, He goes around it several times, assuming he is looking for a way out. But he cannot find a window. He looks up at the windows but realises he cannot reach. On each side of the wall we can see two security cameras)

GEORGE

(Shouts)

Hey, what am I doing here? Why am I here? I don’t know this place? Come on answer me? Is this a practical joke? Come the joke has gone too far? How did I get in here? Where are the doors?

(Obviously every question he makes he must wait for an answer)

(Stops)

(Goes to the table. He looks around again. Rubs his chin and looks at his wristwatch. He goes to the bed and sits staring. Looking around him he notices the jerry can and goes for it, lifts and now he knows he got water to

drink, opens it and take one cup from the stack and pours water and drink it quickly. He puts the empty cup on the table. He feels his trouser pocket, he is looking for his mobile, but it is not there.)

(He shouts)

Hello, is there anybody outside this room?

(As he looks around now he notices the cameras he talks to them)

You there behind the camera, I know you can see me, so stop this ing joke, I had enough of this.

(No reply)

Bastards. Who are you? What do you want from me? If you are after any money you’re in for a big shock because I have none. I am a simple

worker in a factory and my wages are low. Can you hear me you fucking ass-hole? You’re obviously a coward and don’t want to show yourself, eh? Very brave behind the cameras! 

(A sound of a mobile phone ringing can be heard. He looks around and realises is coming from the bed, he goes and lifts the pillow. It is his mobile. He picks it up and answers it).

THOMAS

(Voice from the mobile)

Where are you George, you are late for work.

GEORGE

(Laughs out loud)

So it’s you after all!

THOMAS

(Puzzled)

What do you mean?

GEORGE

Oh come on don’t play the innocent with me. Come get me out of here.

THOMAS

What are you talking about? Get you out from where?

GEORGE

Don’t you know where I am?

THOMAS

No, I haven’t got a fucking clue!

GEORGE

You serious are?

THOMAS

Of course, I’m serious. What is wrong with you this morning.

GEORGE

I don’t know, someone is playing a dirty joke on me.

THOMAS

Who?

GEORGE

I don’t fucking know. I am stuck here in this room painted disgustingly red.

THOMAS

Well, you’re strong enough, break the door down!

GEORGE

There are no doors!

THOMAS

You’re fucking joking, are you? I never heard of a room without doors.

GEORGE

No I am not joking and me too I have never lived in a room without walls, there are only two windows but they are too high to reach.

THOMAS

Why don’t you use the bed as a ladder?

GEORGE

Wait a minute, how do you know there’s a bed in this room?

THOMAS

I assumed there be one that’s all.

GEORGE

Come Thomas I won’t be angry, after all, it’s a joke among friends.

THOMAS

I did not put you in there, wherever you fucking are. I am telling you the truth. Why don’t you phone the police?

GEORGE

That’s a very good idea I don’t know why I did not think of that. I’ll phone you late.

(George ends the conversation and as he’s about to dial there is a voice coming out from the speaker on the wall.)

CLARA

If you do that you will never see the sun again!

GEORGE

Who are you?

CLARA

Not to fast George...No to fast, be patient.

GEORGE

How did you get me here?

CLARA

Easy I carried you!

GEORGE

From where?

 

CLARA

From your local pub in London.

GEORGE

I don’t remember, it’s not true I would have remembered?

CLARA

You were half-drunk and when you went to the toilet I put some sleeping pills in your beer.

GEORGE

How did you carry me, and if you did other customers in the pub must have seen you.

CLARA

Who's going to care if a girlfriend is helping her boyfriend out to her car.

GEORGE

I haven’t got a girlfriend, what the hell are you talking about?

CLARA

I was your girlfriend for a while?

GEORGE

Were you? I don’t remember.

CLARA

You did not see, by the time I came and sit beside you were already gone with the fairies.

GEORGE

And?

CLARA

Well, I stayed for a while drinking my long double Gin and tonic, while I cuddled you and pretended I was talking to you.

GEORGE

OK, I believe you, but why?

CLARA

We come to that later. By the way, you can phone whomever you want, but not the police. If you do you’ll die.

GEORGE

But if my friend Thomas....

CLARA

Yes, I heard you talking to him. If he phones again warn him not to alert the police.

GEORGE

I don’t think you are clever enough leaving my mobile with me. You know the police can trace where I am?

CLARA

Of course, I do.

(Angrily)

And don’t call me stupid again! Understood.

(From the speaker comes out a supersonic sound that deafens so much so that George has to cover his ears with distress).

GEORGE

Stop it, stop it, I’m sorry I won’t call you stupid again. Please stop it.

(The sound stops)

CLARA

Is that better?

GEORGE

Yes, thank you. What is your name?

CLARA

Clara.

GEORGE

A nice name. Tell me, Clara, what have I done to you? I don’t even know you?

CLARA

You did nothing to me personally.

GEORGE

Then what?

CLARA

I have to go now. I have to do some errands.

GEORGE

Let me out please, I forgive you.

CLARA

Forgive me? You must be joking. This is nothing compared what’s coming next for you.

(The speaker goes silent)

GEORGE

(He talks to himself)

Clara..... Who the hell is Clara? I don’t know anybody with that name.

(Pauses)

Obviously, she gave me a false name. I don’t even recognise her voice. It is disguised of course, but sometimes even with a phrase, one can guess who the person is. But I haven’t got a clue.

(The mobile rings again)

Hi Tom!

TOM

Have you called the police?

GEORGE

No, and don’t you dare either.

TOM

Why not?

 

GEORGE

I have been threatened. If I contact the police she’ll kill me.

TOM

She? Who is she?

GEORGE

She said her name was Clara, but I don’t believe her, I don’t know anyone called Clara.

TOM

Kidnapped by a woman? I don’t believe it. Why!

GEORGE

If I knew why I tell you gladly. I have to be patient and I see what she’s after.

In the meantime don’t contact anyone about me. At work tell them I am sick.

TOM

If you say so.

GEORGE

Tom please to this for me. You’re my friend and I trust you.

TOM

Of course. Friends stick together, eh George?

GEORGE

Indeed we do? You did not tell your wife, did you?

TOM

No George. My wife is not at home she’s dropping Emma off.

GEORGE

Of course, I forgot that.

TOM

I don’t want to upset them especially as today is Emma’s birthday and tonight is her party.

GEORGE

I totally forgot about that. I have a present for her in the flat.

TOM

Don’t worry about that, first, we have to find a way to take you out of there.

GEORGE

Thanks, mate. I appreciate it.

TOM

What are mates for?

GEORGE

If I am still here by tonight, please act normally. I know the party is for children of Emma’s age, but please do not do anything stupid.

TOM

Of course, I won’t. Trust me.

GEORGE

I do. I do.

TOM

OK then, I have to go now the shift has started. Bye.

GEORGE

(He puts the phone in his pocket)

Who is this Clara? She must have an accomplice surely. How can she manage all this by herself?

(He takes the phone out again and dials.)

(On speakerphone it rings until a message reply)

We are unavailable right now, please call later or leave a message after the beep.

(Mobile BEEPs)

(He doesn’t leave a message. He sits on the bed and covers his head with both his hands.)

(He tries to call again this time Emma answers)

EMMA

(Oblivious to anything that is happening)

Hiya George, having a good morning?

GEORGE

Yes, baby, I am having a great time. And you?

EMMA

What are you doing, going to work?

GEORGE

No not today, I am not feeling well, I’m going to stay home.

EMMA

But you will come tonight?

GEORGE

Yes, I will try my best.

EMMA

You will only try?

GEORGE

I will definitely come then.

EMMA

That’s better. Afterwards, I can come to you and stay the night.

GEORGE

I don’t think that’s a great idea today.

EMMA

Why not? We did it before.

GEORGE

What if they find out?

EMMA

How can they? They never come to my room. So there is no need to worry. I want you, especially tonight. Don’t you want to make love

to me on my special day?

GEORGE

Of course, I do....But

EMMA

But what? You don’t want me any more? Or have you found another teenage girl?

GEORGE

No, it’s not like that.

EMMA

How it is then? Today is my birthday and you have doubts?

GEORGE

I know baby, I even got a beautiful present, something you always wanted.

EMMA

Do you mean?

GEORGE

Yes, but I have got another one to open for your parents' sake.

EMMA

You are marvellous. One year from today I won’t be afraid of them any more, and we can live together.

GEORGE

That’s right love, and if they don’t like they have to shove it.

EMMA

Now you’re talking like a true lover, babe. Tell me something nice and sexy.

GEORGE

This is not the time.

EMMA

Why not? You always talk dirty to me when we talk.

GEORGE

Yes but not today, I have a splitting headache.

EMMA

You’ll full of excuses. Just tell one thing only, just one thing.

GEORGE

OK. I love you, and I like to devour you, is that enough?

EMMA

Thank you, lover, I see you tonight then. I am so horny I can make love to you now on-line.

GEORGE

Behave yourself. See you tonight.

(He puts the mobile in his pockets)

(From the speaker comes out a supersonic sound that deafens so much so that George has to cover his ears with distress).

What the hell! Stop it, stop it.....

CLARA

(From the speaker)

I wanted to remind you of the punishment if you don’t do as I say.

GEORGE

I know that, please don’t do it again.

(No answer)

(Pleading)

Can you please release me now?

CLARA

Not yet George. Not yet.

GEORGE

(Shouts in anger)

Why not you piece of sh............!

CLARA

Calling me names what help you get out of there. Anyway, how are you, George?

GEORGE

What do you think?

CLARA

Now I want you to tell me truthfully, who was that girl you were talking to just now?

GEORGE

What girl?

CLARA

Don’t take the piss George, I heard you, I never went away, I told you I was going away so that you can talk freely and you did. Now tell me

who is that girl?

GEORGE

She is not important.

CLARA

It doesn’t matter, I want to know.

GEORGE

She’s only a girl I know.

CLARA

Friend? How old is she?

GEORGE

Fifteen I think?

CLARA

Do you think? Is she not a bit young for you? How old are you?

GEORGE

Forty-five, but it’s not what you think....

CLARA

No? So how is it then?

GEORGE

She’s only a friend.

CLARA

Do you always make love to your friends?

GEORGE

Of course not!

CLARA

No?

(From the speaker we hear a recording of Emma's voice to George)

“How can they. They never come to my room. So there is no need to worry. I want you, especially tonight. Don’t you want to make love

to me on my special day?” So, do you want to change your mind and tell

me the truth?

GEORGE

(Stunned)

I know what you mean. OK, I made love to her, but it was a mistake.

CLARA

No, it’s not a mistake. You have been with for a

long time, have?

GEORGE

No, only recently....

(From the speaker comes out a supersonic sound that deafens so much so that George reacts).

OK, I lied...

(The sound stops)

I have been seeing her for quite a few weeks now?

CLARA

Weeks?

GEORGE

Yes, weeks?

CLARA

Shall I use the sound again?

GEORGE

No please, no.

CLARA

Tell me the truth then?

GEORGE

About two years?

CLARA

When she was only thirteen years old.

(George don’t answer)

Answer me, George!

GEORGE

Why are you asking me all these questions? Why are you interested so much about my love life?

CLARA

Love life! Paedophilia is not love, George.

GEORGE

I am not a paedophile!

CLARA

Making love to a thirteen-year-old? What is that then?

GEORGE

I wasn’t my fault. She came on to me first. I couldn’t resist.

CLARA

It wasn’t your fault then?

GEORGE

Partly yes I was.

CLARA

And you’re seeing her tonight?

GEORGE

How can I from here?

CLARA

If I let you go then you see her?

GEORGE

No, I won’t.....

CLARA

Why not? You will go to her party, have a merry time drinking with her parents and then you go and their daughter? Will you?

GEORGE

It’s not like that....

CLARA

I don’t think so.

(She plays a bit of the conversation)

GEORGE

Yes, but I have got another one to open for your parents' sake.

EMMA

You are marvellous. One year from today I won’t be afraid of them any more, and we can live together.

GEORGE

That’s right love, and if they don’t like they have to shove it. You’re planning to run away with her....

GEORGE

That only's talking. Talk is cheap.

CLARA

In other words, you’re using her?

GEORGE

In a way yes. I can’t get out of her clutches now. If I break our relationship she tells her parents.

CLARA

You’re in a predicament now!

GEORGE

Yes. Her parents are my best friends, they’re like family.

CLARA

And still you abuse their daughter.

GEORGE

In a way, yes, but I have explained that already.

CLARA

Yes you did.

(There’s a long silence)

(George paces up and down anxious and frightened)

GEORGE

Hello, Clara! Are you there.

(No answer)

Hello, please tell me what you want and I do it. I will honestly.

CLARA

I want you to confess to their parents.

GEORGE

I cannot do that!

CLARA

Why not?

GEORGE

What do you think will happen if I tell them?

CLARA

Exactly.

GEORGE

You’re mad.....

CLARA

No, I am not. I am a parent like your best friends.

GEORGE

Please, Clara, I make a deal with you.

CLARA

No deal!

GEORGE

Please listen to me. I haven’t got much but what I got it’s you. I have the flat that is mine, I sign it to you, All I need is enough money to move away somewhere far and never to see them again.

CLARA

Why should I agree, besides the flat which is generous of you, why do I want to deal with scum like you? So that you find another vulnerable teenager and her too?

GEORGE

No, I promise, I change my ways.

(Again there is a long silence)

CLARA

George, I can only agree if you tell me who the girl and her parents are!

GEORGE

No, that is nothing to do with you.

CLARA

Are you sure?

(She turns on the supersonic sound)

GEORGE

OK, OK I tell whatever you want to no!

CLARA

Who is the girl?

GEORGE

Emma.....Emma McFarland.

CLARA

That’s better...Nice name Emma, and her parents are?

GEORGE

(After a pause nearly whispering)

Thomas and Lucy Mcfarland.

CLARA

That is all George You are free to go.

GEORGE

(Jumps with elation)

Really, Oh thank you, Thank you.

CLARA

By the way George, I forgot to mention I am Lucy’s sister!

(As he is overcome he doesn’t notice the walls are being dismounted to Thomas, Lucy, Clara, A Police Inspector, and a Constable)

THOMAS

How could you?

BLACKOUT

END OF THE PLAY