The Dock Brief
By John Mortimer
A seedy lawyer has been waiting for years to make a grandstand defense. He is assigned to defend an innocuous little man accused of murdering his wife. The man cheerfully admits his guilt; he simply couldn't stand his wife's constant joking and laughing. The trial ends and the verdict is a foregone conclusion. The lawyer begs his client to let him appeal. Ironically the man is reprieved because of the ineptitude of his defense.
This one act play was the entertainment of a Theate Supper Evening in St Brigid's. It had been previously perfromed in the Bray "One Act" Theatre Festival and had received an award.
Setting - 1960's prison cell in London
FOWLE (a prisoner)
MORGENHALL (a barrister)
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