Act 1, Scene 3:
Woman enters hairdressers’ shop, which looks as though it has been vandalised. Waits for a while.
Hairdresser (flustered): Hello. Sorry to keep you waiting, we have had a bit of an emergency here this morning.
Woman: Yes, I can see that. What happened?
Hairdresser: We were broken into in the night and the place was trashed.
Woman: Oh dear, did they take much?
Hairdresser: No, that is the odd thing really. They only took the scissors and the styling products. There was a float in the till and I’d even left my engagement ring by the sinks – none of this was touched.
Woman: How very strange. I guess you will not be taking any appointments for a while then?
Hairdresser (with slight laugh): No, it’s hard to cut hair with no scissors.
Woman (Indicating post from which rotating chair has been wrenched): I don’t fancy sitting there, either. I’ll come back another time, good luck with your repairs.
Act 1, Scene 4
At Council Office. Woman, with obviously wild hair by this time, waits in a queue. Reaches window of teller, who can now barely see from beneath his fringe. Council Tax transaction carried out during the course of this conversation.
Teller: Hello again. Good to see you.
Woman: Can you? See me, that is.
Teller: Having trouble, if I’m honest. Tried to get my haircut this week, but the place I usually go had been broken into.
Woman: Oh yes? We must use the same place, Hair Today in the High Street. I tried to make an appointment there this morning.
Teller (surprised): No, I go to Herr Cutts, just up the road from here. Strange that two local places should be vandalised in the same week. I wonder what someone has got against hairdressers?
Woman (smiling): Being far too well groomed, perhaps?
Teller (grinning): At this rate, I’ll need to cut my own hair.
Woman (completing transaction and exiting): Me too.
Low, menacing laughter heard from stage as woman exits. Both woman and teller start slightly at the sound, then resume their tasks.