Camel Dung and Cloves by Dara Murphy - Theatrefolk

Camel Dung and Cloves

Recommended for High Schools

Camel Dung and Cloves

by Dara Murphy

Sara enjoys tea parties. But camel dung and cloves are two things that should never end up on the table. The twists never stop coming in this play.

 About 20 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks

4 W

Simple Set

 15 pages

Black Comedy Character Study

Sara enjoys the ritual of making and drinking tea. Maybe she enjoys it a little too much.

Sara pays Empy to join her at a tea party. Empy is eager to make a quick buck. But what are Sara's motives? What about the bones in the black box? And what exactly is in the tea?

Rich and eccentric roles for girls. The twists never stop coming.

4 Characters
4 W

Characters in this play are currently identified as male or female. Directors are welcome to assign any gender (binary or non-binary) to any character and modify pronouns accordingly.

Sara [W] 69 lines
A gracious young host with few guests but many secrets. She dresses in a prim and conservative fashion.
Jeanie [W] 15 lines
Sara’s younger sister. Although she has a dark personality, she is likable and trustworthy.
Empy [W] 71 lines
A bit of a rebel, Empy says what’s on her mind and displays her personality through her wardrobe.
Vanessa [W] 0 lines
Vacant and void of character. She stares straight ahead and says nothing.

Prop List

sewing kit, slacks, teddy bear, glass figurines, twenty five dollars (twice), music box, frilly bedcover, rather large shoebox (Dark black with red symbols and teacup painted on the lid), lacy tablecloth, stack of white napkins, two white gloves and a smaller box (with a gloved hand holding a bone painted on it) tea tray, pot, four cups, smaller tray with a dome covering it, three smooth black rocks, six thin bones, third box (pig painted on the lid), Beethoven CD, tea bag, small box (heart painted on the lid), sugar cube, three odd-looking squares (cake), fifty dollars


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