During the past decade there have been many changes in the perfumery industry which are not so much due to the discovery and application of new raw materials, but rather to the astronomic increase in the cost of labour required to produce them. This is reflected more particularly in the flower industry, where the cost of collecting the blossoms delivered to the factories has gone up year after year, so much so that most flowers with the possible exception of Mimosa, have reached a cost price which has compelled the perfumer to either reduce his purchases of absolutes and concretes, or alternatively to substitute them from a cheaper source, or even to discontinue their use. This development raises an important and almost insoluble problem for the perfumer, who is faced with the necessity of trying to keep unchanged the bouquet of his fragrances, and moreover, to ensure no loss of strength and diffusiveness. Of course, this problem applies more especially to the adjustment of formulae for established perfumes, because in every new creation the present high cost of raw materials receives imperative con- sideration before the formula is approved.
A One-Act Play for 2 females Sandra is doing her Christmas shopping. She is loaded with bags and waiting for the bus. Exhausted and stressed she faints on the bench and when she wakes an old bag-lady is leaning over her. Convinced she is being robbed Sandra turns on her but then realises the scruffy woman was trying to help. Over a packet of chocolate biscuits the two women start to talk and Sandra finds an opportunity to off-load all her frustration about her demanding and difficult family. Eventually Annie, the bag-lady starts to talk about her previous life - her husband, her children and her tragedy. The light-hearted conversation becomes much darker. Giving up on the bus Annie offers her old shopping trolley as a means of transporting the shopping up the hill through the cemetery where Sandra uncovers the true depth of Annie's sad past. Finally Annie lets out all her heartache and frustration and Sandra realises that her own problems are nothing by comparison and that she is really lucky to have her family despite all their demands. The women finally find a common place where they can come together as friends and Sandra offers Annie a hope for the future. a one act drama play script suitable for festivals & amateur dramatic groups. licence to perform available from New Flight Publications - Scripts4Stage.com
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