12 December – Hysterical: A Short History of the Vibrator

The next ScriptTank reading – our last meeting before the Christmas break – will be Hysterical: A Short History of the Vibrator by Hilary Wright.

London, 1888. Impoverished GP Foster switches to gynaecology to make enough money to marry his beloved Nellie, a feisty but ignorant young woman. He hates inducing the hysterical paroxysm in his patients, though; it takes so long, no two women respond the same, and by the end of the day his fingers are all squelchy. He steals a vibrating machine from his mentor which induces the paroxysm in minutes, not hours. Business booms. Profit flows.

But one night Nellie creeps into Foster’s surgery and uses the machine. Changed forever, she insists that Foster change too. Meanwhile, his business is collapsing as his former patients buy machines for home use, and his mentor is threatening to sue. Can he avert business disaster and rise to his wife’s expectations?

Currently Hysteria is a feature script, it is now being revised for the stage.

Where and when

The reading starts at 6:45 for 7:00, above the Blue Posts pub, Rupert Street. The nearest tubes are Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus.

There’s a £3 charge per session.

Next year

Readings will resume in January. If you’ve got any plays, screenplays, television or radio scripts, or anything else that you think would benefit from an airing next term, now’s the time to get in touch.

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