Archive | May, 2013

It Was only just a Dream, or was it?

25 May

It Was only just a Dream, or was it?

 

FIRST SCENE

Set in a well lived in run down lounge, dimly lit by a lamp and the TV. Aggie is sat watching Saturday night TV in just a T-shirt and her underwear, and un-kept hair, and eating junk food, with a collection of rappers and coke tins building up around her. The phone rings, Aggie answers still eating, dropping food down her chest.

AGGIE: Hello

Silence

AGGIE: Yeah (high pitched)

Silence

AGGIE: Noooo (dragged out)

Silence

AGGIE: Oh I would never have thought that!

Silence

AGGIE: I’m glad I do tins, sod the frozen section, sod that

Silence

AGGIE: well (dragged out)

Silence

AGGIE: I know (dragged out)

Silence

AGGIE: oh dear

Silence

AGGIE: Alright then, bye

Aggie continues watching TV and eating while dropping food down her.

The focus is now on the TV presenter on the TV.

TV PRESENTER: Tonight we have a whole heap of entertainment in store for you gorgeous people.

Yes you, you at home, we have a line-up of the legendary Tom Jones, singing live here on the show.

And a guest appearance from the fabulous Carrie Bradshaw, here to share with us her amazing experience of starring in Sex in the City.

We are also offering you, yes you, the opportunity to win a luxury holiday for two in the sunny Maldives.

Also one lucky lady is going to have the surprise of her life.

Aggie are you there, Aggie please refrain from swearing you are on live TV

Aggie then appears in the corner of her TV screen, Aggie frantically looks around the room for a hidden camera, the audience on the TV are laughing hysterically as they watch Aggies desperate plea to find the camera. Aggie starts to go mad looking for the camera.

TV PRESENTER: Oops Aggie doesn’t seem to be too happy

The audience is still laughing, it gets louder and louder, Aggie is now trashing the room looking for the hidden camera, and smashes her TV of its table, before she crumbles to the ground in a fit of hysterical tears. The lights fade to black as the scene closes.

 

 

SECOND SCENE

Maggie then wakes up, in her freshly clean spread of cotton sheets, and huge puffed pillows, covering her huge oak bed, she looks around her light cream room, of cleanness and oak, and lets out a huge sigh of relief, then she gets up and prepares for her middle class lifestyle day, she takes out her suit from her cupboard and hugs it as if to say she remembers her dream, and realises she is lucky to have her life.

 

 

THIRD SCENE

Set in a middle class dining area/environment, lit by candle light and soft beautiful lamps. Maggie is sat with her middle class friends, drinking nice wine and taking about fundamental matters, such as post hoc ergo propter hoc, when one of her posh male friend recalls a dream he had recently about being on the doll and living on a council estate, with nothing, and barely even being able to eat. Maggie is then astonished at the coincident that she also had a similar dream, that she was a slob. As she explains, they all laugh, while drinking wine…

All sat around a dining table, drinking France’s Vin de Pays wines, and chatting intellectual chit chat.

VALERIE:Fred’s going to this heavy metal mosh pit thing at the weekend

GLORIA: Ha-ha, are you ever going to grow out of that rubbish and actually get your hair cut?

(They all laugh)

HENRY:just because you are boring Val, maybe you should go with him!

FREDERICK: yeah Val you should come with me. You will love it.

VALERIE:Nooo no no, I’m trying not to drink, in fact I don’t ever want to drink again

HENRY:She says with a glass of wine in her hand

(They all laugh)

GLORIA: Oh Valerie, you are a hypocrite

VALERIE:Well this is just one, any-more and I will feel utter crap tomorrow

HENRY:You just think you will feel crap tomorrow because of the alcohol, when really you will feel crap because you already believe you will. You really do need to let your hair down. It’s only a drink and it could do you the world of good.

FREDERICK: No she really does beat herself up the next day; she’ll be moping about all week, seriously.

VALERIE:I really do, I just feel like I am standing on the edge of a cliff, and it takes me a week to recover.

HENRY:You think, because you have a drink you will feel crap. Have you ever heard of post hoc something or other, I can’t remember the exact name but it’s a human fallacy that we as human beings have a natural ability to assume that because something happened, something else occurred as a result of that action.

GLORIA: Google it

VALERIE:Sure, Henry can you pass me my Ipad, just on the side behind you

(Henry passes the ipad down to Gloria, who passes it on to Frederick, then to Valerie. Valer googles ‘post hoc’.)

VALERIE:Ah here it is ‘post hoc ergo proctor hoc’ after this, therefore because of this…

FREDERICK: Yeah that’s it

VALERIE:Ok but what has this got to do with me not wanting to drink?

HENRY:I can’t remember

FREDERICK: Anyway, changing the subject, I had the weirdest dream last night! I dreamt that I was jobless, on the dole and living on a council estate!

(Everyone looks at Frederick with surprise)

HENRY:Ha ha, I can just imagine you strolling about with your trackys tucked in your socks!

FREDERICK: I swear I couldn’t even afford trackys in my dream, oh it was awful

VALERIE:Actually, that reminds me… (With a puzzled expression) come to think of it, I had a dream quite similar.

The scene fades to darkness as the scene closes.

 

 

FOURTH SCENE

Maggie wakes up, in the middle of her trashed living room floor, sobbing her heart out…

 

INOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GIULTY/Radio Play

25 May

INOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GIULTY

 

SCENE 1.

SOUND OF CHOPPING VEGETABLES ON A CHOPPING BOARD AND FLORA HUMMING TO ‘MOON SHADOW’ A SONG BEING PLAYED ON THE RADIO. THE SONG FINISHES

 

RADIO PRESENTER: (D) Ahhh ‘Moon Shadow’ by Cat Stevens. This song brings on some wonderful nostalgia, full of meaning; finding hope in any situation. We will have plenty of songs like this beautiful piece to play you throughout this afternoon to lead you into an evening full of pleasant thoughts. But first here is the local news and weather update for here in the south east.

 

RADIO WEATHER FAINTLY PLAYS IN THE BACKGROUND, SOUND OF CHOPPING VEGETABLES CONTINUES

 

FLORA: Cat Stevens gave up his singing to be a Muslim didn’t he love?

 

TERRY: Yes dear, he’s renamed himself as Yusuf Islam.

 

FLORA: Shame! He made some beautiful songs. (STARTS SINGING BADLY TO ‘WILD WORLD’ BY CAT STEVENS)

 

Now that I’ve lost everything to you You say you wanna start something new And it’s breakin’ my heart you’re leavin’ Baby, I’m grievin

 

TERRY PUTS HIS PAPER DOWN, SOUND OF RATTLING PAPER, AND JOINS IN SINGING

 

TERRY AND FLORA: Oh, baby, baby, it’s a wild world

 

RADIO NEWS REPORTER: (D) (OVERLAPS THE SINGING) Martin Robinson former TV presenter and actor has died, aged 77.

 

TERRY: (STILL SINGING) I’ll always remember you like a child, girl.

 

FLORA: (ABRUPTLY OVERLAPS) Did I just hear right? Martin Robinson is dead?

 

TERRY: Err yes, yes you did!

 

FLORA: Turn the radio up.

 

TERRY: Said in the paper it was most likely a heart attack as he had on-going heart complications.

 

SOUND OF LARGE NEWSPAPER BEING PICKED UP AND THE PAGE TURNING

 

FLORA: (OVERLAPS) Shush, shush let me listen.

 

TERRY: (LETS OUT A FRUSTRATED SIGH) for God’s sake woman!

 

RADIO NOW TURNED UP

 

RADIO NEWS REPORTER: (D) Martin was famous for staring in the long running television series If doesn’t exist aired every Saturday for 10 years in the 80’s before moving onto the big British screen, making Martin one of the most familiar faces on British TV.

Police in London have been investigating his death but have found nothing to be suspicious as he had been suffering with heart complications and a heart attack is believed to be the cause.

Martin’s daughter, Frances Robinson, said ‘He was very poorly for a while and now he is at peace, our family love him dearly and we will miss him terribly.’

Actor, Frank Turin, who co-worked with Martin on If doesn’t exist said ‘Martin was one in a million, had a heart of gold and he touched the hearts of many, he would help anyone and will be missed by so many people.’

 

THE RADIO IS TURNED OFF

 

FLORA: Absolute Bullocks!

 

TERRY: You didn’t like him then no?

 

FLORA: He was a bloody pervert!

 

TERRY: Woh woh woh, that’s a bit harsh Flora, the man’s dead!

 

FLORA: Terry, I met him once you know? When I was 15…

 

SILENCE

 

TERRY: Well, what happened for you to react in such hate towards him then?

 

FLORA: (ABRUPTLY) I don’t actually want to talk about it.

 

BACKGROUND SOUND OF CHOPPING VEGETABLES AGAIN, AND THEN AN AWKWARD LOUD CHOP

 

Damn! I just cut my bloody hand, Oh for fucks sake, it’s bleeding bad.

 

BACKGROUND SOUND OF TERRY RUSHING UP FROM A WOODEN CHAIR AND THE KITCHEN DRAWS OPENING AND SLAMMING SHUT

 

TERRY: Here quick wrap this around it… sit down dear.

 

WE HEAR HER SIT DOWN AT THE TABLE

 

Darling, hold it up and it will stop bleeding.

 

FLORA: Bloody hell Terry it’s too deep, you’ll need to take me to A and E.

 

TERRY: Let me see it… Ok there is quite a lot of blood. I’ll get my keys.

NOW IN THE CAR, SOUND OF BEING IN THE MOVING CAR AND THE RADIO QUIETLY PLAYING IN THE CAR

 

So what happened with him Flora?

 

FLORA: I was in the audience…

 

THE SOUND OF THE MOVING CAR AND RADIO FADE OUT

 

 

SCENE TWO.

BACK 20 YEARS IN TIME, THE SOUND NOW CHANGES FROM CLEAR HD TO A MORE CRACKLY DIGITAL SOUND

 

MARTIN: (D) I ope todays show has influenced the minds of my wonderful audience here in the studio and those of you at ome watching on your screens. So get recycling, get re-inventing, get motivated and do rather than say. Here on out, until next time, av a great doing and saying ‘YES’ week!

 

(THE AUDIENCE ALL SHOUT YES WITH MARTIN, AS IF THEY KNEW WHAT WAS GOING TO BE SAID, AS IT’S ONE OF MARTINS POPULAR CATCH PHRASES)

 

STAGE DIRECTOR: Cut!

 

SOUND OF THE STAGE EQUIPMENT BEING CLEARED AWAY AND THE AUDIENCE LAUGHING AS THEY LEAVE, SOME YOUNG GIRLS RUSH ON TO THE SET

 

GROUP OF GIRLS: Martin… can we have your autograph?

 

(MARTIN LAUGHS)

 

MARTIN: One by one lady’s!

 

GIRL1: Love you Martin.

 

GIRL2: (OVERLAPS) Can I give you a kiss Martin.

 

GIRL 3: (OVERLAPS) Martin sign mine please.

 

(GIRLS ALL GIGGLING)

 

STAGE DIRECTOR: (OVERLAPS THE GIGGLING) Come on then girls get outa here!

 

CAN HEAR THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE GIGGLING GIRL’S HEELS AS THEY TURN TO LEAVE

 

GIRL1: Martin, don’t ya fancy some fun?

 

MARTIN: Always up for some fun babe, so what ya got in mind?

 

GIRL2: let us come back stage an you might find out!

 

MARTIN: Oooh this sounds promising my little cupcakes! C’mon then!

 

WE CAN HEAR THEIR FOOTSTEPS (GIRLS IN HEELS) AS THEY WALK DOWN A ECHOING HALL TO THE DRESSING ROOM. WHEN IN THE DRESSING ROOM MARTIN LETS OUT A SIGH OF RELIEF AS HE SITS DOWN AND TAKES OFF HIS BOOTS SOUND OF BOOTS HITTING FLOOR

 

Help ya self’s to a drink ladies, in the fridge.

 

GIRL1: Oooh what ya got?

 

GIRL2: Champagne?

 

FRIDGE OPENS

 

GIRL1: Lovely don’t mind if I do!

 

SOUND OF CLANKING AS SHE TAKES THE CHAMPAGNE OUT OF THE FRIDGE AND GLASSES OUT OF A CABINET, CHAMPAGNE OPENS

 

MARTIN: Be a good girl and put the music on won’t ya, over there.

 

GIRL2: Course Martin, any preference.

 

MARTIN: Put the Bob Dillon record on.

 

RECORD STARTS TO PLAY LOVE MINUS ZERO BY BOB DILLON

 

Now come an sit next to ya uncle Martin!

 

GIRLS GIGGLE

 

MARTIN: (VO) See I had it so easy with the ladies. Always chucking themselves at me. What ya gotta remember is I was just a young man myself, hormones all over the place – bloody raging hormones. Ok I was a little bit older than these girls but they looked older, they acted older. They wore tiny little dresses. Covered in make up! They were hanging out in over 18’s night clubs. They were asking for it!

 

 

 

SCENE 3.

BACK IN REAL TIME, IN THE CAR, SOUND AGAIN MORE CLEAR AND HD

 

FLORA: He forced himself on me I tell you, I wasn’t in the least interested!

 

TERRY: Ooooh ok, like when we first got married? At that party, you snogging that jack ass in the pantry? He forced himself on to you did he?

 

FLORA: Yes yes, I told you he did.

 

SILENCE

 

You don’t believe me?

 

TERRY: Darling, I’m driving.

 

FLORA: Terry, I’m not lying! Terry! I don’t bloody lie!

 

TERRY: We’re here now.

 

THEY GET OUT CAR, CAR DOORS SLAM SHUT

 

FLORA: It is the truth Terry.

 

TERRY: I don’t care, just go and get your hand seen to.

 

FLORA: You have to make this about you don’t you?

 

TERRY: Ha you’re a fine one to talk! It’s always about you. You’re just a bloody attention seeker.

 

FLORA: Well let’s see if the police share your view!

 

TERRY: Go on then, report it to the police! And by the way Flora, Cat Stevens didn’t write ‘Wild World!’

 

SCENE 4.

TV IS ON IN ANOTHER HOUSE HOLDBACKGROUND NOISE OF KETTLE BOILING

 

TV: (D) A woman has reported a shocking allegation of historic rape against the well-known, now deceased actor Martin Robinson. The metropolitan police are taking this matter very seriously while attending to further investigations.

 

DEBBIE: Huh! The dirty slime ball!

 

SAM: Oh you don’t know if any of this is true yet! The man’s dead, he can’t speak up for himself can he?

 

DEBBIE: No he definitely can’t do that! There’s no smoke without fire though Sam!

 

SAM: Innocent until proven guilty! Can you imagine how the family must be feeling?

 

DEBBIE: If it is true then the sex pest will be in his nature and it won’t come as such a surprise to them, will it?

 

SAM: And if it isn’t true, the family must be horrified, livid! I’d be raging if anyone ever made such an allegation against my dead father!

 

DEBBIE: I remember him clearly on the TV I always thought there was something strange about him.

 

SAM: He was definitely a big character, but loveable, don’t you not think? I never sensed any sex pest vibes at all! He was a really big animal lover that says a lot about people.

 

DEBBIE: It’s usually the animal lovers that molest and kill little children. They love animals more than human beings!

 

SAM: No, they say that those as children who torture little animals grow up to be serial killers.

 

DEBBIE: Oh I did hear that once. Doesn’t matter he’s guilty. Haven’t you got to be somewhere?

 

SAM: Oh shoot! Is that the time? Better go, the dentist will charge me if I’m late; again!

 

DEBBIE: Here Sam

 

WE HEAR DEBBIE PASS KEYS TO SAM

 

SAM: Thanks Debbie, I’ll catch up with you later ok, and you take care my love.

 

DEBBIE: You too, drive safely won’t you?

 

SAM: Always do Debbie dear.

 

SOUND OF SAM AND DEBBIE WALKING TO THE DOOR AND THEN SAM PUTS HER COAT ON. SAM GIVES DEBBIE A KISS ON THE CHEEK AND WALKS OUT THE DOOR. DEBBIE WALKS BACK INTO THE LOUNGE. SHE PICKS UP THE PHONE AND DIALS 118

 

DEBBIE: Hi can I have the number for the metropolitan police please?

 

OPERATOR: (D) Is it an emergency?

 

DEBBIE: No it’s not an emergency.

 

OPERATOR: (D) The number is 101. Would you like to be put through?

 

DEBBIE: Oh no that’s ok, 101! That’s easy to remember.

 

PUTS PEN DOWN

 

Thank you very much.

 

DEBBIE DIALS 101

 

POLICE OPERATOR: (D) Can I take your name please?

 

DEBBIE: Debbie Ashcroft

 

POLICE OPERATOR: (D) Address please?

 

DEBBIE: 29 Kingsford Avenue, High drive road.

 

POLICE OPERATOR: (D) And how can I help you?

 

DEBBIE: I’d like to report an incident that happened a long time ago. It involves Martin Robinson, the Actor Martin Robinson. It happened in 1978.

 

MARTIN: (VO) Old on a minute! Ooh are you? Ooh the bleedin el are you? This woman’s a bleedin crank! I aint ever met this woman. I’d know that crank if I ever met her! Silly silly woman, what’s she playing at? Don’t listen to her!

 

POLICE OPERATOR: (D) Ok. What you need to do is put this in writing and send it to us or if you can pop it in to the station.

 

MARTIN: (VO) Pop it into the station! If I was there, I’d pop it back straight back in er ed!!

 

DEBBIE: Yes ok I’ll do just that, I’ll bring it in.

 

MARTIN: (VO) Yeah you do that what’s ya name? Debbie! Yeah you pop in the station! Any one in their right mind will see you’re a lying conniving scally!

 

CAN HEAR DEBBIE TAKE THE PAD AND PAPER, SITS AT THE TABLE

 

DEBBIE: My name is Debbie Ashcroft. I am 49 years old. 49 take 15. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20… 47, 48, 49. 1, 2, 3, 4… 32, 33, 34. 34 years ago I met Martin Robinson.

 

DEBBIE SCREWS UP THE PAPER AND STARTS AGAIN

 

My name is Debra Ashcroft. I am 49 years old. 34 years ago when I was just 15 years old I met the well-known actor Martin Robinson. He raped me.

 

DEBBIE SCREWS UP THE PAPER

 

My name is Debra Ashcroft. I am 49 years old. 34 years ago when I was just 15 years old I met the well-known actor Martin Robinson. He invited me…

 

SILENCE

 

He invited me back stage… I felt obliged to accept his offer… and when back stage Martin tried to kiss me, but I pushed him away. No, I tried to push him away…

 

MARTIN: (VO) Ya can’t even get ya story straight! What did I do Debbie? I raped you? Or tried to kiss you? What is it Debbie?

 

DEBBIE SCREWS UP THE PAPER

 

My name is Debra Ashcroft. I am 49 years old. 34 years ago when I was just 15 years old I met the well-known actor Martin Robinson. He invited me back stage. I felt obliged to accept his offer, and when back stage Martin Robinson tried to kiss me. I tried to push him away but he would not take no for an answer. He put his hand up my skirt. With a struggle I managed to get away. Therefore I would like to report Martin Robinson for molestation.

 

MARTIN: (VO, SHOUTS) I didn’t do this!

 

 

SCENE 5.

TV 1: (D) Another woman has reported a shocking allegation of historic sexual assault against the well-known, now deceased actor Martin Robinson. The metropolitan police are taking this matter very seriously while attending to further investigations.

 

(OVERLAPS)

 

TV 2: (D) Welcome back to inferno nightly news with me your host Sally Hallmark. Let’s continue with the top stories today. Another victim has stepped forward with reports of sexual assault by the deceased actor Martin Robinson.

 

(OVERLAPS)

 

TV 3: (D) Another of Martin Robinson’s accusers has gone public with her version of what happened inside his luxury hotel sweet back in 1978, after luring her with gifts.

 

RANDOM VICTIM: He brushed past me, as if by accident. I apologised, although I had no reason to but he grabbed my breasts!

 

(OVERLAPS)

 

TV: (D) The NNPC has set up a hotline for potential sex assault victims as there are more and more people coming forward, I think now we have an acceptance by the investigators that the scale of this truly is big and it’s growing. We have just had reports from detective Hider that they are now receiving about 16 calls a day.

 

(OVERLAPS)

 

TV: (D) If you are a victim of sexual abuse you can call our helpline on 0800 0901414

 

MARTIN: (VO) I am turning in my bleedin grave! I can’t believe this. What did I do to deserve this? My poor kids! What are my family gonna think? If I wasn’t dead I’d die of shame!

 

SCENE 6.

THE SOUND OF CAMERAS AND THE PRESS IN THE BACKGROUND

 

MARTIN’S SON DAVID: (D) We as Martins family are deeply hurt by all these false allegations made against our dearly beloved father. It is an act of cruel and disgusting fabrication upon a kind and considerate man who only did well for people. These are unjust accusations by women who are trying to receive credit from the media, having no consideration upon the memory of my father who is not even here to defend himself. I pledge with you the public to allow my father to rest in peace, hoping that you all have full confidence of his innocence. 

 

MARTIN: (VO) that’s my boy, don’t believe em David! Ask em David, Ask em why didn’t these women speak up at the time?

 

MARTINS FRIEND ROB: One night way back in the 70’s we hooked up with a couple of young girls. Martin was a red blooded male; granted! But he was no rapist! I mean, he didn’t need to be! Woman, yes young woman would just throw themselves at him. This one lady in mention; she was very keen to get his attention, and they had a flirt, we all went to watch a film, yeah he was trying to get intimate with her in the cinema! But she didn’t seem to have a problem with it. We all went to a park. They had sex and we then all went on to a party… and they had sex again that night after the party and again the next day, she made him breakfast, I remember! The two girls stayed at our luxury holiday apartment and we, me and Martin woke up to hot pancakes and fresh cream; actions you wouldn’t expect from a rape victim!

 

MARTIN: (VO) Ah I remember this! And I liked her, little treacle she was! Never thought she’d go this low though! How can she say I raped her, I can’t even say that word! She said she was 17! I didn’t force her though. Just the like the rest she threw herself at me. Ok well I suppose I knew she was lying when she said her age but well what you do? I was a 21 year old lad, the girl was bloody gorgeous. Legs up to her chin! Who could resist that?

 

 

SCENE 7.

 

MARTIN FROM THE DEAD:  (CLOSE) I’m not here to defend myself. But I should have been more careful. I should have made sure the girls were at least of age, that I admit I was wrong, but I never once forced myself on anyone. These woman are attention seekers, they just want their five minutes of fame and a few extra quid in their pockets, who’s to say otherwise? I really ope the public ask the question why is this coming about now when I’m dead? Why nothing was said when I was alive? It’s because it’s all lies. Well, exaggerated! I’ll never be able to prove my innocence. I just ope these woman find the decency inside themselves to admit that it’s what they wanted, that they loved a bit of attention from a well-known celeb, being wined and dined, treat em like princesses I did! They did, they loved it, every second. They bloody well knew what they were doing. It’s not like they were young children. But the media has portrayed me to be a bloody peado! It’s just outrageous and I am, I  am turning in my grave.

 

 

END