The wail of a banshee and loud thunder and sudden blackout going to strobe lights pulsating. JESS sinks backwards on the sofa, moaning, with "M" attached to her like a vampire. RUTH freezes into a waxwork statue, and NINA keels over and starts to snore heavily. Silence. BRIAN comes over to "M" and puts his arms round her.
You took your time. Will they remember anything?
You clever angel.
Now let's go to our jungle. I want to really show you
what I can do.
"M" draws a black drape across the others. BRIAN
I can't wait, you tantalizing little darling.
I'll just go and dress up in something……suitable.
Music and the sound of an eerie wind. The grey side of the stage takes on a life.
SCENE TEN. LIMBO.
BRIAN speaks to the audience. BRIAN
It was our anniversary, 11th June. So "M" took me to
Corby castle grounds. A tangled wilderness of Palladian
ruins and pagan statues. We had the place to
ourselves. At first the sun was veiled by haze, but later
it came through and thunder growled in the distance.
"M" reverted. Going completely impish. Naked, hair
loose and flying. Dancing over the river surface.
"M" (Offstage) Throw off all your clothes Brian! And come
and dance with me!…Oh Brian, so silly and solid.
like the hush of a breeze in the treetops expressing
welcome and a passage for her and "The Man." She
instructed them to protect me. And then led me to St
Catherine's Well and there danced round and around
and commanded me to dance with her. Had anybody
seen my antics, they'd have considered me quite crazy.
I was so happy to have had this afternoon in fairyland.
When we got back, how humdrum everything seemed.
I felt deeply nostalgic and at teatime on BBC radio the
election campaign rubbish nearly made me ill. Even
Ruth's matter of fact worldliness grated harshly.
He unlocks his cupboard and opens the door. As I left "M" in the garden, she said "Go into your
studio, and take out the portrait you did of me and
read the message in my eyes."
He looks at her picture.
Truly, the face in the portrait was a living face and the
eyes looking right into my own eyes said something.
But I didn't get their meaning. I admit that tears
flowed in the gloaming. Tears of agony for being
so…"Silly and solid."
BRIAN turns to go as "M" enters.
Don't worry about being silly and solid. We have it in
one way. You have it in another. We may not be silly
and solid , but then we don't possess the highly
developed brains that humans have. Our imaginations
are rudimentary and we aren’t as creative as you are.
But you've an idyllic existence.
It gets us nowhere. We don't evolve. It's boring. That's
why I attached myself to you. It's fun.
She starts to climb into his cupboard as he closes the door. Blackout. Music.
SCENE ELEVEN. HOTEL ROOM. CARLISLE.
JESS clicks on a small tape recorder. She and ALBERT listen. NINA'S TAPED VOICE
"It wasn't easy bringing up a messiah."
"This is amazing."
"His training was to be with a group of Earth Guardians
who had a secret temple in the Amazon jungle…."
(electronic interference on the tape drowns out the speech). JESS
I just remember feeling ill. I must've got out to my car
and then passed out. I felt odd . I didn't dare go back
into that house. Brian and his wife are frankly weird.
Anyway, Nina Fawcett... She just can't wait to help us.
But you've got to make it commercial or Ida just won't
want the project.
Don't worry. I know just what those American
She'll want us to go over. I can't wait to see Ida again.
She's fantastically successful.
She's a dyke. I bet that's got something to do with it.
Why do you have to be so mean spirited? I'm helping