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The Lady in the Van, about a lady who lived in a van near Alan Bennett’s house for 14 years:

(AB approaches the van.)

AB: Miss Shepherd. In future I would prefer it if you didn't use my lavatory. There are lavatories at the bottom of the High Street. Use those.

MISS SHEPHERD: They smell. I'm by nature a very clean person. I have a testimonial for a Clean Room, awarded me some years ago, and my aunt, herself spotless, said I was the cleanest of my mother's children (AB gives up, and goes) - particularly in the unseen places.

There’s also a movie, maybe I want to watch it instead.


Jerry Springer — The Opera


The Habit of Art

I've learned to be practical, concrete and succinct. More of this. This goes on too long. This has been said before: do we need it? Scene not clear enough. King's recovery too laid-back, make more of it. Many of these notes later found their way almost verbatim into The Habit of Art, his play within a play about W. H. Auden and Benjamin Britten, in exchanges between the actors and the onstage playwright.


Stuff Happens

Stuff Happens is a play by David Hare, written in response to the Iraq War. Hare describes it as "a history play" that deals with recent history. The title is inspired by Donald Rumsfeld's response to widespread looting in Baghdad: "Stuff happens and it’s untidy, and freedom’s untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.” (April 11, 2003)

The play presents a mix of viewpoints, including arguments for and against the attack on Iraq. It mixes verbatim re-creations of real speeches, meetings, press conferences and fictionalized versions of private meetings between members of the Bush and Blair administrations.