This was originally commissioned by the Acting Out Project, a work related learning project at the Belgrade theatre in Coventry, which had three groups of young people meeting on different days. They wanted three short plays, thematically linked.
Three Wishes takes place on the same beach at three different periods of time: past, present and future; linked by the Lamia, a kind of wish-granting sea spirit. The plays were influenced by the interests of the groups: so the first had ideas about outcasts and families, the second about drugs and the third about virtual reality and conformity.
The plays can be performed together in sequence or separately. All have some roles that are unisex and smaller roles which can be doubled.
PAST: 6 CHARACTERS + OTHERS – MIN 8 PERFORMERS
PRESENT: 5 CHARACTERS + OTHERS – MIN 7 PERFORMERS
FUTURE: 4 MAIN ROLES + OTHERS – MIN 7 PERFORMERS