Skylight Character Profiles
A school teacher in her early thirties living a quiet life in a first-floor flat with little heat in working class north-west London. She teaches at a school in East Ham, a low-income area of the city, and strives to both care for her students and challenge them to grow.
…I just noticed the papers were full of… sort of unlikable people. People I couldn’t relate to. People who weren’t like the decent people, the regular people I meet every day at school. So I thought, I start reading this stuff and half an hour later, I wind up angry. So perhaps it’s better I give it up…. On the bus I read classic novels. Computer manuals. It’s like that game. Name a politician you actually admire. So what is the point of sitting there raging at all the insanity?
(Act 1, Scene 2)
An eighteen-year-old upper-middle-class young man taking a gap year between high school and university. Edward was close with Kyra during much of his childhood, and after three years apart, he arrives at her door unannounced and unexpected, looking for answers, as a result of an argument with his father.
The fact is… when I think about that kind of life… just ordinary kids… I know it sounds stupid, but I feel sort of envious.
I suppose you think I’m just spoilt.
I’m not saying… God knows… that my life is too easy, nobody could live alone with my bastard of a father and say that my life is easy at all… But I do look at the street, and think shit! Shit! And here I am heading in the opposite direction. I mean, I think in a way you’re so lucky, living like this…
(Act 1, Scene 1)
A mid-fifties entrepreneur and owner of a conglomerate of restaurants and hotels. Tom formerly had an affair with Kyra, which lasted for more than six years and ended three years ago. Wealthy, opinionated, and unwavering, Tom often struggles to understand the world from perspectives other than his own.
Pressing on. You know, that’s the thing in business. My chairman keeps telling me: never look back. In business, he says, the world was created this morning. No such thing as the past… He says that modern management asks you to look at your assets, really look at them—this is a fierce, competitive world, all that crap!—how you got here’s not part of the story, the only story is what you do now…
And what do you do?
Oh, expand, inevitably. I mean, expand, I hardly need to say that. Defend market share. Build another stainless steel restaurant, this one larger, more fashionable than ever, turning over hundreds of covers in a day. It need never end.
Nor will it. You love it.
Oh yes. I must admit I do….
(Act 1, Scene 2)