Book 3 – The Age of Consent

Book – The Age of Consent
Author – Peter Morris
Year – 2002
Genre – Play
Pages – 37
Lent to me by Alex Campbell/Andrew Valsler

The Age of Consent is a two hander consisting of some pretty massive monologues.  One character is Timmy.  Timmy is very obviously based upon one of the killers of Jeremy Bulger.  The play was first produced around the time that they were released from prison, and as such raised some controversy.  This is not surprising when considered the play casts a relatively sympathetic light upon him.  This is not to say that it condones his actions, but rather questions whether a childhood spent in prison has left him as the same person he was when he went in.

The second character is Stephanie.  A twenty-five year old with a six year old daughter, she decides that the stage is the way that they are going to make their fortune.  And goes about it in a way that is not only brash and bold, but shows no regard for her daughter, and becomes increasingly more abusive.  Her monologues become less about her, and more about her daughter and the stoic way in which she deals with an awful lot of terrible stuff.  The implied consequences for her at the end of the play are pretty chilling.

The script is written in such a way that it is very easy to follow.  Both characters speak quite naturally, and are very engaging – something that I think would be massively important in such a wordy play.  It seems a dream for anyone looking for a monologue for audition that shows a conflict in character, as both of them are telling quite hard, poignant stories with a certain element of humour.

I felt that it ended somewhat early however, specifically with regards to Stephanie’s story.  There is an implication at the end that is not quite strong enough, and could use just a little more of a push in that direction in my opinion.  It is a shame, because this is a strong piece, and something that I would like to see in performance.


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