by Peter Griffith
A Pinch of Salt is a dramatic retelling of the English folk-tale which was used by Shakespeare as the basis for his play 'King Lear'.
When she refuses to join her silly sisters in flattering her father, Princess Cordelia is thrown out of the palace and has to find her own way in the world.
A Pinch of Salt is a story of mad kings and arrogant princes, of downtrodden servants and blind beggars – a story full of charm, humour and bitter-sweet fantasy.
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Extract from the script 'A Pinch of Salt'
|Stand forward, Cordelia. You are my youngest daughter, you are my favourite. Now tell me: how much do you love me?
|Father, this whole competition is silly.
|Cordelia this is your last chance: how much do you love me?
|I love you…as fresh meat loves salt.
|What?…Is that all you can say?
|Yes father. That is all I can say.
|You are my favourite, the one I love the most. And you don’t love me at all. I give you everything – I give you my love all these years. And this is all you can say. You love me “as meat loves salt”?
|That’s right, father.
|Get out of my palace, you ungrateful girl! I never want to see you again! Get out! Cordelia, I never want to hear your name again. I never want to see your face again. You are an ungrateful wicked girl. Out of my house this moment! Go - and never come back!