by Peter Griffith


Luke and Megan are neighbours. They both belong to single-parent families, and they are both in the same class at school. But they never speak to each other, because they are thirteen years old, and one is a boy and the other is a girl.
But then Luke’s father and Megan’s mother fall in love, and Luke and Megan are afraid that their parents will want to live together – and that they will want their two children to become brother and sister! So they make plans to try to stop their parents’ relationship. Soon the two adults discover that every time they begin a romantic evening together, the most unexpected things happen!


The Slug in the Shoe is a comedy about the way boys and girls see each other. It combines strong visual humour with a sensitive approach to the problems of single-parent families and the problems of growing up.


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Extract from the script 'The Slug in the Shoe'

Luke: Your mum is in our flat – with my dad.
Megan: And? What are they doing, then?
Luke: It.
Megan: It? What?
Luke: You know. Looking into each other’s eyes. Saying how wonderful it is that they met. Soon they are going to be kissing. And after that, who knows what is going to happen?
Megan: Ugh. It’s disgusting. Your dad has no right to do that to my mum. He’s got no right to touch her.
Luke: It’s not my dad’s fault. What can he do, when your mum comes in with a bottle of wine and makes big eyes at him?
Megan: Shut up! My mum doesn’t do things like that!
Luke: Look, I watched them. She’s doing it now. We must stop them. Think about it: soon they are going to want to live together.
Megan: Live together? But what about us?
Luke: Exactly. Our parents want to live together, and that means they are going to want us to live together too.
Megan: Ugh! I am not going to live with you! What can we do?