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Blasted was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London, on 12January 1995. The cast was as follows: Ian Pip Donaghy Cate Kate Ashfield Soldier Dermot Kerrigan Directed byJames Macdonald Designed by FranziskaWilcken Lighting by Jon Linstrum Sound by Paul Arditti Characters Ian Cate Soldier
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Scene One A very expensive hotel room in Leeds - the kind that is so expensive it could be anywhere in the world. There is a large double bed. A mini-bar and champagne on ice. A telephone. A large bouquet of flowers. Two doors - one is the entrance from the corridor, the other leads off to the bathroom. Two people enter -Ian and Cate. Ian is 45, Welsh born but lived in Leeds much of his life and picked up the accent. Cate is 21, a lower-middle-class Southerner with a south London accent and a stutter when under stress. They enter. Cate stops at t~e door amaR;ed at the classiness of the room. Ian comes in, throws a small pile of newspapers on the bed, goes straight to the mini-bar and pours himselfa large gin. He looks briefly out of the window at the street, then turns back to the room. Ian I've shat in better places than this. He gulps down tke gin. I stink. You want a bath? Cate (shakes her heat!) Iangoes into the bathroom and we hear him run the water. He comes back in with only a towel around hiswaist and a revolver in his hand. He "Checks it is loaded and puts it under his pillow. Ian Tip that wog when he brings up the sandwiches. He leaves fifty pence and goes into the bathroom. Cate comes into the room. She puts her bag down and bounces on tke
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4 Blasted bed. She goes around the room, looking in every drawer, touching everything. She smells the flowers and smiles. Cate Lovely. Ian comes back in, hair wet, towel around his waist, drying himself off. He stops and looks at Cate a moment, who is sucking her thumb. He goes back in the bathroom where he dresses. We hear him coughing terribly in the bathroom. He spits in the sink and re-enters. Cate You all right? Ian It's nothing. He pours himself another gin, this time with tonic, ice and lemon, and sips it at a more normal pace. He collects his gun and puts it in his under arm holster. He smiles at Cate. Ian I'm glad you've come. Didn't think you would. He offers her champagne. Cate (shakes her heat!) I was worried. Ian This? (He indicates his chest.) Don't matter. Cate I didn't mean that. You sounded unhappy. Ian (pops the champagne. He pours them both a glass) Cate What we celebrating? Ian (doesn't answer. He goes to the window and looks out) Hate this city. Stinks. Wogs and Pakis taking over. Cate You shouldn't call them that. Ian Whynot? Cate It's not very nice. Ian You a nigger-lover? Cate Ian, don't. Ian You like our coloured brethren?
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Scene One 5 Cate Don't mind them. Ian Grow up. Cate There's Indians at the day centre where my brother goes. They're really polite.
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