like me (2021 - )

“like me”

(full-length play | in development)

A new play by Glenn Saunders


A romantic comedy about Shakespeare pandemics falling in love with your best friend.

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One-sentence synopsis: Rosie and Cee go away for a week in the country, but when an old friend arrives on their doorstep, their friendship is pushed to the very limit.

Blurb: Rosie and Cee have been best friends since forever, but Cee has a secret and she can’t hide it any longer. Set over the course of a week in country Victoria, like me is a love-letter to togetherness in a time of isolation. It asks: how do we love in the face of uncertainty; can we settle for second-best if second-best is not an option; what happens when the only person you have eyes for doesn’t quite see you in the same way? A Shakespearean comedy without the Shakespeare, like me is about sheep, finding yourself, and that one special friend whose company you never want to leave.

One-paragraph synopsis: Cee and Rosie plan a girl’s week away, but end up arguing as they try to erect the tent on their first afternoon there. Later that night, Cee tries to put her feelings into words, but cannot say them out loud. The next day, Cee and Rosie go their own ways – Cee to the forest to read, Rosie with her camera to look for birds. Not having much luck with the birds, Rosie follows the sound of opera to the forest where she finds Cee singing her heart out. Cee tries to tell Rosie how she feels, but they are interrupted when their friend Dan – whose family’s property they are staying on – arrives, bearing news of lockdowns and their being stranded. As the three friends try to decide what to do, Rosie makes eyes at Dan, and Cee realises her truth is maybe not so easily told.
Dan goes to find Cee in the forest, but she tries to push him away; she sprains her ankle kicking an old tree trunk, Dan does first aid, and they talk – Dan tells her how he and Rosie used to date, how he’s known about Cee’s secret, but he’s not about to tell anyone. Later that night, the three friends play cards but it all goes pear-shaped when Cee gets drunk, engineers Rosie to kiss her, and Rosie ends up snogging Dan. Cee storms out of the kitchen into the night, leaving Rosie at the kitchen table at a loss. The next morning, Rosie’s phone pings with dozens of messages and missed calls, and she goes to find Cee to work out what’s going on. Cee tells Rosie her truth and the two women discuss love, liking, being liked, and what happens next – thanks to Shakespeare, an upside-down map, and Nick Cave blaring out of a car stereo.

Image: Glenn Saunders

The companion piece to The Girl Who Fell to Earth.