The Thingamajig


Two older sales clerks at a thrift store are puzzled by a box of donated materials, unaware of their use, including the one they call the “Thingamajig.”

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  • Jo Hamlet
    10 minute comedy
    1 man, 2 women

    Two older sales clerks at a thrift store rummage through a dropped off box, innocently examining the collection of books, clothes, and toys. The clerks are so excited by an object that they call it a “Thingamajig,” and promptly place it for display in the store window. A passerby notices the “Thingamajig” and immediately comes into the store. He too, doesn’t know the name of it, but he knows how it’s used. First, he needs some batteries from his car!

    • I directed The Thingamajig…it’s a surprising, light, comic script that delighted audiences of all ages and has great roles for mature actors. I highly recommend this play for any company looking for something a little more out of the ordinary. – K. Tweeddale
    • The old ladies don’t realize the items in the box are related to sex. They accept an offer of a demonstration with the ‘thingamajig’ from a customer and take turns behind a curtain. The result is hilarious, a buzzing noise and moans of pleasure. – J. Cavill

    About the Playwright:

    Jo Hamlet has been a reporter, editor, and author. Since co-writing her first play, Women with Ball, she loves writing for performance. One day, when shopping with her husband in an ‘Op Shop’, he told her to close her eyes and listen.  She could hear a buzzing noise by her ear and freaked out. It wasn’t what she expected. It was a nose hair trimmer! And that’s where the idea for The Thingamajig came from.  The play made it to the finals of the ‘Ten Minute Quickies’ at Eltham Little Theatre in Victoria, Australia.

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    Jo Hamlet





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    10 Minute Play



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