Part one. Gladys. Gladys works in the packing department of a Pakistani online clothes and accessories operation. Her friend, Nasrin, is the oldest daughter of a Muslim family. Both long to be actresses and are members of a local ADS. Both face problems which are detailed. They set out together for a weekend at a Rural Acting School (ie, lessons in tents). Their lives unroll as they travel (by bus). During one session the audio system is at fault and, Sarn, the resident AV engineer is called in. Sarn and Gladys talk briefly and decorously. Gladys admits she is “too tall” to be an actress. Sarn says “concentrate on your voice”
Part two. Sarn. The job at the Rural Acting School pays peanuts, the equipment is aged and unreliable and Sarn is continuously busy into the night. But he’s happy to be away from his two-room flat in the unnamed town. More particularly to be away from his perpetually angry father a disappointed trade unionist who disapproves of Sarn’s freelance, non-unionised life.
Part three. Elsie. Her boss decides, ill-advisedly, to create a company video. But on the cheap and this becomes Elsie’s responsibility. Prices are way beyond her budget and the only solution is under-qualified Sarn who will also act – reluctantly – as director. The project is doomed but staggers on. Elsie blames Sarn but he absorbs her criticism amiably. The boss insists on speaking the narrative and makes a pig's ear of it. Desperate, but with no money to spend, Sarn asks Gladys to do a freebie.