Have I None

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DOI: 10.5040/9781408172827.00000003
Scenes: 3. Roles: Male (2) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

A woman sitting alone hears a constant knocking at the door, but no one is there. Her husband returns and tells her of an extraordinary meeting with an old woman found roaming in a ruined part of the city. Then a stranger comes to the door, like a visitor from an earlier, lost world. What follows is tragic and absurdly funny until both seem to melt into a strange hallucinatory vision of the future.

In his introduction, Edward Bond writes: 'All human existence is fiction. In the end natural reality does not impose its own necessities on us . . . Fiction is our reality because ultimately it determines our existence in society. The power of ideology is that it uses the humanising forces – our appetites, passions, needs – that bind us to the reality of nature, to bind us to its psychotic fictions. We free ourselves from these fictions only by using the same force.'

Have I None was first presented by Big Brum on 2 November 2000 at Castle Vale Artsite, Birmingham.

From The Chair Plays

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Edward Bond

ISBN: 9781408172797

Series: Modern Plays

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