Small Mercies – Melville Lovatt (DRAMA)

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A comedy/drama in two acts

Prize Winner—–Jack Langford Memorial Award
Prize Winner—–Derek Lomas Memorial Award

In Melville Lovatt’s award winning comedy / drama, Small Mercies, people’s lives hang well and truly in the balance.

Shop owner Donald and wife Andrea are desperate people with a failing business. They decide to pay an arsonist to set fire to the shop so they can claim on the insurance and start a new life. Little do they know that two late customers have inadvertently been locked inside!  As the two couples, each with their own very different problems, touch each others’ lives with unexpected results, the dark comedy, pathos and fragility of existence shines through in this ultimately uplifting play’.

Small Mercies was presented as a full production on 10th June 2022
by East Lane Theatre Company
at East Lane Theatre, London
with the following cast:


Donald’s Father

Stage Manager
Lighting Operation

Anne Gerrard
Michael Collins
Desmond Gaynor
Sade Fabusuyi
Stephen Korenteng
Barry Sergent


David Martin
Danny Popkin
Mary Mclennon


Author’s Note:

Small Mercies developed as a continuation of my one act play, The Lamp and includes much of The Lamp’s text whilst focusing mainly on the furniture shop owner, Donald and his family.

No of Actors: 4M 2F
Performance Length: 90 minutes
Performance Licence Fee: £45.00
No of scripts required: 7
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1 review for Small Mercies – Melville Lovatt (DRAMA)

  1. Anne

    ‘We enjoyed reading this script; it’s an entertaining black comedy and the escalation of dramatic tension is artfully controlled.
    The dialogue is fluid and convincing, the themes of expectation and debilitation are resonant, and the relationships between the couples are moving.
    It’s an achieved play and we’re glad to have read it’.

    Ruth Little, Literary Manager, Royal Court Theatre.

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