Being Positive

  • By Timothy Kestrel
  • 22-Jun-2022
  • Drama, Tragedy, Bedroom, Two Pages, Trigger - Suicide


This is a dark, intense story about an alcoholic man who has to face a visit to his doctor and shows how he deals with the outcome of the news he receives.

Set in just one room at the start and end of a single day, his path from functioning alcoholic to suicidal desperado is certainly one that any actor would love to get their teeth into.

It has been written for a male actor but could be easily adapted for a female.

You will need some minor props, great foley and clever use of lighting to really bring this to life.


Female Characters
Male Characters
Intimacy / Contact
Character Description
Older man, but could equally be done as a female


No. of Locations
Location Description
A hotel room, or somewhere that you can dress to look like it, preferably with a large window.
Props Required
Whiskey bottle

Budget Estimate

How much will it cost to make this film? Nobody knows exactly because you may have people who will help for a discount, or for free if you're very lucky. What we have done is to make a judgement based on estimated production costs and assigned this film to one of our three budget brackets. You can find out what these represent here.

How much?!
1. Cheap as Chips
2. Help Required  
3. Deep Pockets


Here are the comments from our panel of screenwriter professionals about this script.

Not for the faint-hearted, BEING POSITIVE subverts our expectations from the offset. Its title belies the story’s serious nature, yet the plot still leaves enough open to interpretation. That ending is a real gut punch, especially as we’re not 100% sure of the reason why – something too often reflected in reality. Authentic and real.

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