The Slab Boys face the grind of working in the slab room whilst dreaming of rebellion and escape. The conflict between the characters drives the story to a dramatic and comical climax.
Why was Phil late for work?
He was caring for his ill mother
He was applying for art school
He was unwell
Following the incident with the Cooperative window, how is Phil’s mother to be treated?
She is to be incarcerated and given electroconvulsive therapy
She is to attend regular therapy sessions and change her medication
She is to have an operation
Why are the Slab Boys surprised when Hector claims to be attending the dance with Lucille?
Hector is miserly with his money and they cannot believe he would buy two tickets.
Lucille is extremely unattractive and the Slab Boys think Hector could do better.
Lucille is the most beautiful woman in the factory and the Slab Boys do not believe that she would agree to go to the dance with Hector.
Why does Mr. Curry assume Phil’s folio belongs to Alan?
He sees Alan carrying the folio into the Slab Room
He believes Phil to be a ‘no-hoper’ with very little talent or ambition
Spanky tells him the folio belongs to Alan
Where is Hector at the end of Act One?
We do not know
Tied to a radiator in the toilet
Trapped inside the cupboard in the slab room
How does Hector solve the problem of his absurd new haircut?
He asks Sadie to fix it
He wears a balaclava
Phil shaves it all off
Why has Sadie not left her intolerable husband?
Despite his flaws deep down she really loves him.
She cannot afford it.
She is worried about being on her own.
When the hospital calls to inform Phil that his mother has escaped, why is Phil surprised that it really was the hospital?
He thinks Spanky is playing a trick on him
He thinks it is the art school
He has lied about his mother being in hospital
Why is Phil angry at Alan when he finds out about his mother’s escape?
Alan mocks him and is insensitive about his mother’s illness and escape
Alan was supposed to call the hospital and check on Phil’s mother
Phil’s anger is displaced and Alan is entirely innocent
How does the play end?
Alan gets to go to the dance with Lucille, Hector is promoted and Phil is fired and rejected from art school
Alan gets to go to the dance with Lucille, Spanky is promoted, Phil is fired and rejected from art school
Alan gets to go to the dance with Lucille, Hector is promoted, Phil is fired and accepted to art school