Teddy Bear by Anthony Cawood | Script Revolution

Teddy Bear



Page Count: 



Age Rating:

An elderly immigrant moves to a new home, will it be different this time or will he suffer the small minded bigotry that has dogged his entire life?

This Script Has Been Reviewed By Shootin' The Shorts

Was it not ever so? People fear that which they do not know.

Sadly, the endless list goes on and on:

Fear of flying, for plane newbies.
Fear of other cultures for those less travelled.
And if you're a parochial parent, fear of that odd new neighbor who hangs a teddy bear off his porch eaves. Actually, that last one’s kinda weird. Still, all one has to really do is… ask.

With his deeper-than-it-seems short script Teddy Bear, writer Anthony Cawood demonstrates how stereotyping can result in tragic misunderstandings.

Bear’s simple plot reels in readers quick: a group of mollycoddling young moms find themselves biting their nails over the new arrival on their street – a mysterious stranger who moves in at night, and immediately hangs a teddy bear out to decorate. Alpha pack fuss-budget Janet is stridently loud – anyone who does must be a pedophile! Right?

Future discoveries heighten the cliques’ worries. It turns out the newcomer on the block is: A man. Very old. And a foreigner. All red flags – if one’s mind works that way.

One childless woman in Janet’s social circle (Pat) extends a timid olive branch to the new neighbor. After speaking to him briefly, Pat rules him to be… quirky but harmless. But the others aren’t convinced.

As usual, it’s Janet that who voices their dark concerns:

But what about the Teddy?

An unanswerable question. Who knows?

Before long, the situation rolls out of control. Especially when Janet’s son accidentally throws a ball into the new neighbor’s garden. He ventures over it to retrieve it – trespassing on the lawn.

Is Pat the sane one here? Or will Janet's worst fears come true?

No matter which scenario plays out, Teddy Bear is a clever drama that uses everyday situations to assert its message: that judging someone before you get to know them leads to the worst kinds of risks….

Review by Hamish Porter
Submitted: October 17, 2016
Last Updated: January 11, 2017

Want to read this script? You must join the revolution first. Don't worry, it's free, easy, everyone's welcome, and you can start reading right away.

This Script Is Loved By

George Snow's picture
Anthony Cawood's picture

The Writer: Anthony Cawood

Award-winning screenwriter with one feature produced and a further four features optioned or in pre-production. In addition to features, over forty short scripts produced/sold/optioned - including ten filmed. Also occasionally pens screenwriting articles, interviews with writers and filmmakers, and even a short story or two. You can find out more at www.anthonycawood.co.uk Go to bio

More Scripts From Anthony

Doormat Smiles
Why are strange S&M photos being sent to David through the post? Who is sending them and who is the hooded woman in the pictures?
Short Horror, Thriller For sale 15pp
5 readers love this script
Bump in the Night
A foul mouthed burglar picks the wrong house and the wrong couple to mess with.
Short Drama, Horror For sale 9pp
5 readers love this script
It's A...
Two expectant mothers share their precious last moments together as they prepare for the end of the world.
Short Drama For sale 4pp
4 readers love this script
A desperate mother to be must trade with the Native American wise woman that her family wronged many years ago.
Short Drama, Western For sale 8pp
3 readers love this script
Grab Me
A young girl's dreams come true when her Dad wins her a new doll at the fair, but some dreams are better unfulfilled.
Short Horror For sale 8pp
2 readers love this script
Dog Years
The barrier guards at the Large Hadron Collider make a strange discovery that makes them stop and wonder... just for a moment.
Short Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi For sale 5pp
2 readers love this script
A distraught wife collapses under the weight of her husbands infedelity and embarks on a mission to even the score.
Short Drama For sale 6pp
2 readers love this script
Today on the Jeremiah Bile Show
An enslaved teen takes her parents onto a daytime talk show to stop the abuse, but they must first confront why they are really doing it.
Short Comedy For sale 7pp
2 readers love this script
Pond Life
Rumours of a strange creature entice two young friends to explore the distant woodland copse and the pond deep within it.
Short Horror For sale 7pp
2 readers love this script
Sin Eater
A grieving husband hires a sin eater to cleanse the soul of his dear departed wife, a recently executed witch.
Short Drama, Horror For sale 7pp
1 reader loves this script
The purchase of a funeral plant has sinister undertones when its final resting place is revealed.
Short Drama, Horror For sale 2pp
1 reader loves this script
1 New Alert
A time-traveller starts the journey that could rescue the future, but first he needs to see someone special.
Short Drama, Sci-Fi For sale 2pp
1 reader loves this script
A Face in the Crowd
A man who works with state secrets is dogged by a dark shadow that has secrets of its own.
Short Drama, Thriller For sale 8pp
1 reader loves this script
txt me l8r
A disconnected teen receives an unwanted friend request from a source closer than she dare imagine.
Short Horror For sale 7pp
Rear View
An elderly gent with distinctly modern tastes wishes he'd never bought a car with a reversing camera.
Short Horror For sale 4pp
Parties by Leo
The world's most renowned artist and inventor has a secret life, and now he has one last job to do.
Short Comedy, History For sale 8pp
Cell Mates
A new inmate discovers she has a lot more to worry about than just her new cellmate when she finds out it's actually cell mates.
Short Horror For sale 8pp
Ink Monkey
The Terracotta Army stands ready to guard the Emperor in the afterlife, but one man must stay with them on the General's order, and just one unusual friend can help him say his goodbyes.
Short Drama, History For sale 4pp
The missing fairies may be closer to home than this little girl thinks.
Short Family, Fantasy For sale 2pp
A father reassures his daughter about her freckles, neither of them realising the magical nature of their creation.
Short Family, Fantasy For sale 3pp