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Feb 16, 2013

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Performance: "The Gathering" - February 16, 2013
The brief given to Scott: A two part play on the days theme, "Be courageous in the year to come"
Finalist: 2013 Manifest Creative Arts Festival

“Mind” is read by an unseen reader as the conscience voice of a “mime” on stage who silently walks around a ‘lounge room’ after a days work

In Act 2, the script is repeated identically, except this time we can see a guardian angel following behind and radioing to heaven for assistance in the good choices being made – only to cancel them all as the ‘mind’ backs out each time.

ACT I - Struggle


Cast

- Mind: The unseen conscience voice of the Mime

- Mime: Acts the events and makes thinking expressions

[Mime enters, plonks bag and flops on couch]


Mind: What a Monday.

[Mime grabs mug]

Mind: I need a coffee... Mmmmm, I shouldn’t.

[Mime mimes making a coffee.]

Mind: Naah, I deserve it. It’s been a tough day.

Mind: What should I do?...

[Mime picks up Bible]

Mind: I haven’t read the Bible in ages.

[Mime picks up remote]

Mind: Oh, my favourite TV series is returning.

Mind: Though, I shouldn’t get caught up in another season.

Mind: Oh, let’s just see what happens after last season’s cliff-hanger.

[Mime picks up Magazine]

Mind: Hasn’t started... I should give this magazine to Garry next door. There’s an excellent article on coping with a death in the family.

Mind: I should share my understanding of the Bible.

Mind: What would I say?

Mind: What would He say?

[Mime plonks magazine]

Mind: I’m no preacher. He’ll figure out I’m a Christian if I just smile and say hello.

[Mime leaves]

Mind: Oh, it’s Monday. Better take out the rubbish.



ACT II - Support


- Mind & Mime: An identical performance to Act I

- Angel: Dressed in a white robe. Acts and speaks on stage

- HQ: A mature voice, heard only

[Mime enters, plonks bag and flops on couch]

[Angel follows a few paces behind]


Mind: What a Monday.

Angel: HQ, we’re home safely.

HQ: Well done, stay close..

[Mime grabs mug]

Mind: I need a coffee... Mmmmm, I shouldn’t.

Angel: HQ, prepare health package 3137, we’re skipping coffee tonight.

HQ: Copy that.

[Mime mimes making a coffee.]

Mind: Naah, I deserve it. It’s been a tough day.

Angel: Cancel that.

HQ: Cancelled.

Mind: What should I do??

[Angel picks up Bible]

Angel: They’ve had a tough day, send the idea to read the Bible.

HQ: Sent

[Angel replaces Bible quickly]

[Mime picks up Bible]

Mind: I haven’t read the Bible in ages.

Angel: Prepare to open at encouraging passage.

HQ: Passage selected.

[Mime picks up remote]

Mind: Oh, my favourite TV series is returning.

Angel: Cancel that.

Mind: Though, I shouldn’t get caught up in another season

Angel: Hang on!...

Mind: Oh, let’s just see what happens after last season’s cliff-hanger.

Angel: Never mind.

[Mime picks up Magazine]

Mind: Hasn’t started... I should give this magazine to Garry next door. There’s an excellent article on coping with a death in the family.

Angel: HQ, prepare to initiate contact with Garry.

HQ: That’s great news!

Mind: I should share my understanding of the Bible.

Angel: Prepare witnessing script. Initiate dictation link.

Mind: What would I say?

HQ: Link connected, script ready for download.

Mind: What would He say?

Angel: Prepare Garry’s comprehension.

HQ: Activated

[Mime plonks magazine]

Mind: I’m no preacher. He’ll figure out I’m a Christian if I just smile and say hello.

Angel: Cancel that, we’re playing it safe.

HQ: Cancelled.

[Mime leaves]

[Angel follows]

Mind: Oh, it’s Monday, better take out the rubbish.

Angel: Gotta go.



ACT III - Sneak


- Mind, Mime, Angel & HQ: An identical performance to Act II

- Tempter: Shorter angel with slightly soiled costume

- Boss: An abrupt voice heard only

[Mime enters, plonks bag and flops on couch]

[Angel follows a few paces behind]

[A second Tempter lags behind]


Mind: What a Monday.

Angel: HQ, we’re home safely.

HQ: Well done, stay close..

Tempter: Look, a coffee mug. You NEED a coffee.

[Mime grabs mug]

Mind: I need a coffee... Mmmmm, I shouldn’t.

Angel: HQ, prepare health package 3137, we’re skipping coffee tonight.

HQ: Copy that.

Tempter: Come on, you deserve it.

[Mime mimes making a coffee.]

Mind: Naah, I deserve it. It’s been a tough day.

Angel: Cancel that.

HQ: Cancelled.

Tempter: YES! [Pumps fist]

Mind: What should I do??

Tempter: How about some telly?

[Angel picks up Bible]

Angel: They’ve had a tough day, send the idea to read the Bible.

HQ: Sent

[Angel replaces Bible quickly]

[Mime picks up Bible]

Mind: I haven’t read the Bible in ages.

Tempter: No! TV, TEEE VEEEE.

Angel: Prepare to open at encouraging passage.

HQ: Passage selected.

Tempter: Your favourite TV series is returning tonight.

Mind: Oh, my favourite TV series is returning.

Angel: Cancel that.

Mind: Though, I shouldn’t get caught up in another season.

Angel: Hang on!...

Tempter: Come on!! Remember last season’s cliff-hanger. You’re DYING to see what happens!

Mind: Oh, let’s just see what happens after last season’s cliff-hanger.

Angel: Never mind.

Tempter: AND HE SCORES! [Hands in the air to the crowd]

[Mime picks up Magazine]

Mind: Hasn’t started... I should give this magazine to Garry next door. There’s an excellent article on coping with a death in the family.

Angel: HQ, prepare to initiate contact with Garry.

Tempter: Hey, watch these ads, look the new iPhone – you NEED one of those.

HQ: That’s great news!

Mind: I should share my understanding of the Bible.

Tempter: Really? What would you say?

Angel: Prepare witnessing script. Initiate dictation link.

Mind: What would I say?

HQ: Link connected, script ready for download.

Tempter: And what would He say to you?

Mind: What would He say?

Angel: Prepare Garry’s comprehension.

HQ: Activated

Tempter: You’re no preacher.

[Mime plonks magazine]

Mind: I’m no preacher. He’ll figure out I’m a Christian if I just smile and say hello.

Angel: Cancel that, we’re playing it safe.

Tempter: YES! [commences celebration dance]

HQ: Cancelled.

[Mime leaves]

[Angel follows]

Mind: Oh, it’s Monday, better take out the rubbish.

Angel: Gotta go.

[Tempter just notices they’ve left]

Tempter: Hey, boss?

Boss: ...What?

Tempter: This Christian’s locked into a holding pattern. They won’t be any use to God’s cause any time soon.

Boss: Excellent. If we can’t change em, keep em quiet.

Tempter: Too easy, [Hides Bible under papers and leaves] ...too easy.

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