Comedy Short Script: Parental Responsibility by Antonia Woodward

171625a0d3 posterParental Responsibility is a story about a troubled teenager Chelsea who is desperately in need of a home after running away from her mother and abusive stepfather. She seeks help from the Housing Department, and to her horror, she is allocated a social worker who is self-absorbed and cares more about her cats and checklists than providing appropriate support.
Chelsea suddenly finds herself placed with a strict Africa woman who cares, however, due to Chelsea past trauma, Chelsea is continuing trying to sabotage the placement and rejects the love shown to her by her foster mother breaking the house rules. How will the foster mother deal with a teenager who is emotionally detached and maintains her sanity? How will the situation unravel with the clash of cultures, and an incompetent social worker in the middle?

 

Writer Biography – Antonia Woodward

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I was born in Edo State in Nigeria into a polygamous family. Due to the challenges within a polygamous home, my mother left the marriage after the death of my younger brother. Consequently, I stayed with my grandparents who I loved dearly. I was introduced to storytelling right from a young age by my grandparents, uncles, and aunties who tells the kids story after dinner every night.

I then moved to Lagos to live with my uncle. In my early 20s, I moved to London where I studied Social Sciences at Kingston University and specialized in Mental Health. I have always wanted to be an actor and a writer, so did a few courses with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and other drama schools. I couldn’t pursue this passion because I had to get a stable job to support my family. I met my Australian husband in London. We have three beautiful children. After nearly 25 years in London, working under extreme stress, we decided to move to Australia in 2017. In Australia, I trained as a real estate salesperson as I enjoy buying and selling houses. But I quickly realised that selling houses is very stressful and time consuming, which will defeat the purpose of moving to Australia. I decided to pursue my first love and studied at New York Film Academy in Gold Coast.
I feel blessed to be able to pursue what I have always dreamed about.

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