Sentinel Literary Quarterly

Vol.2 No.4, July 2009. ISSN 1753-6499 (Online). www.sentinelquarterly.com

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Where is the Drama?

 

The Editor of Sentinel Literary Quarterly tries to relax in front of the television for a compulsory viewing of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with his son when the phone suddenly begins to ring.

 

Editor: Hello, SLQ, may I help you?

 

Caller: You bloody well may, if you are the editor of Sentinel Literary Quarterly.

 

Editor: Yes. This is he. (Turns down TV volume, as son begins to yell a protest).

 

Caller: I am currently on your website. Trying to read the magazine.

 

Editor: Trying?

 

Caller: Well yes, I can't find the bloody drama, can I?

 

Editor: But that's because we won't start publishing drama until our October issue.

 

Caller: Why couldn't you bloody wait until October to put the link? It kind of gives the wrong impression, you know.

 

Editor: Please cut out the 'bloody'. It is doing my head in. (Pauses) I put the link now because I wanted to, because it will tell our readers to expect some drama from next quarter, and because next quarter, I don't have to start fussing around with the page layout.

 

Caller: So, you are a lazy sod then.

 

Editor: Possibly. (Getting a little annoyed.) Anything else I can do for you?

 

Caller: I bet you will be publishing tonnes of African plays then?

 

Editor: Why do you suggest that?

 

Caller: You are bloo..., You are African, aren't you? With that name NN something.

 

Editor: I will encourage lots of African stage and screen plays, yes. But Sentinel has always been about anyone from any part of the world.

 

Caller: Well that's good to know. I was a little concerned, being from Aberdeen and all. I write a little, you know.

 

Editor: No sir. I don't know.

 

Caller: Well then, I better submit something then.

 

Editor: Please do that.

 

Caller: I have written a comedy about the MPs expenses scandal. Do you know, a lot of African friends of mine don't find it at all shocking that the MPs have taken liberty with the taxpayer's money.

 

Editor: Are you done?

 

Caller: You sound a little cheesed. Just fancied a little bit of banter, that's all.

 

Editor: But right now, I don't fancy a banter.

 

Caller: You do really. I can tell. I bet you will be publishing something by Paul Eustice then. His beard! My word!

 

Editor: Listen mate. I really have to get back to watching Mickey Mouse. By all means send your play or excerpt from a play, and we'll consider it. Please keep it under 15,000 words. Send to sentinel@sentinelpoetry.org.uk

 

Caller: You watch Mickey Mouse?

 

Editor: Goodnight sir.

 

Caller: Really, you watch...

 

Editor: I don't want to be rude and put the phone down. Goodnight sir.

 

Caller: Well aawlright! Goodnight.

 

The Editor switches off phone. Apologises to son and returns to the very beginning of Mickey's Great Clubhouse Hunt.

 

Blackout.

 

 

 

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