Fragile House

ScriptSpace, The Space (2022)

“You’re so young. You’ll see one day. We’re all just alone.”

Alma is a jazz singer. She’s sweet-natured but self-destructive, haunted by failed relationships, and she just needs to get through this residency.

Michael is the young saxophonist in her house band. He makes model houses out of matchsticks.

Thrown together in a shared dressing room every week, their initial reluctance gives way to mutual curiosity. What will they discover about themselves and each other, and will they be able to forget when it’s all over?

Fragile House is a story about the fragility of human connection and the lingering, detrimental power of a label in a world where impressions are frequently so carefully managed.

The play received a reading at The Space Theatre in London as part of ScriptSpace 2022. The script was also shortlisted into the top 30 for Traverse Theatre’s Breakthrough Writers: In Residence 2022 and was recently longlisted for BOLD Playwrights 2022.

WRITER - Kayleigh Mai Hinsley
ALMA - Aishah Afzal
MICHAEL - Emmanuel Perera
Stage directions read by Adam Hemming

A promotional image for the ScriptSpace reading of Fragile House at The Space. In the foreground is a wine glass on its side, with a smouldering cigarette next to it. Behind them is a small matchstick house. Above the wine glass is red text in the style of a neon light that reads: Fragile House. The logo for The Space is in the bottom corner.