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TELEPHONE

the SHORTS project 1974/5

TELEPHONE

 

MOTHER hello?

SON Hello, mum… ?

MOTHER Yes…

SON It’s me.

MOTHER Yes…

SON Can you hear me?

MOTHER Yes…

SON I’m coming home.

MOTHER Yes…

SON Did you hear me?

MOTHER Yes…

SON I said, I’m coming home…

MOTHER Yes…

SON Tomorrow…

MOTHER Yes…

SON On the plane.

MOTHER Yes…

SON Mum?

MOTHER Yes…

SON I’m sick.

MOTHER Yes…

SON I’ve got the flu.

MOTHER Yes…

SON I’m sick, mum. (HE COUGHS)

MOTHER Yes…

SON Mum?

MOTHER Yes…?

SON I’m coming on the plane.

MOTHER Yes…

SON I’ll give you the flight number…

MOTHER Yes…

SON Have you got a pencil?

SILENCE

SON Mum? Mum?

FATHER Hello?

SON Hello.

FATHER Hello.

SON Where’s Mum?

FATHER Who is this?

SON Me.

FATHER Oh.

SON Where’s Mum?

FATHER She’s gone to get a pencil.

SON What?

FATHER She’s gone to get a pencil.

SON Jeeses,.

FATHER What?

SON Nothing.

FATHER What?

SON Nothing…

FATHER What?

SON Can you hear me?

FATHER What?

SON Can you hear me?

FATHER Yes…

SON I’m coming home,

FATHER Yes…

SON Did you hear me?

FATHER Yes…

SON I’m sick.

FATHER Here’s your mother.

SON Good.

MOTHER Do you want me to write it down?

SON Yes.

MOTHER All right.

SON What?

MOTHER I’m ready.

SON Right.

MOTHER Right…

SON Not

MOTHER What?

SON Don’t write ‘right’,

MOTHER Wrong.

SON Yes.

MOTHER Right.

SON Mum…

MOTHER Yes…

SON It’s flight four…

MOTHER Yes…

SON Have you got that?

MOTHER Yes…

SON Four…

MOTHER I heard you…

SON What?

MOTHER I heard you.

SON Yes…

MOTHER Four.

SON Yes. Four.

MOTHER Yes, I’ve got that.

SON Another four.

MOTHER Another four?

SON Yes.

MOTHER Four…

SON Four, four.

MOTHER Yes, I’ve got that.

SON Good.

MOTHER What?

SON Good.

MOTHER Oh, yes, much better thanks.

SON Three

MOTHER Yes…

SON Have you got that?

MOTHER Yes…

SON Say it to me.

MOTHER Yes…

SILENCE

SON Mum?

MOTHER Yes.,

SON Tell me the number.

MOTHER Yes…

SILENCE

SON What number did I just give you?

MOTHER Three.

SON And the numbers before that?

MOTHER Four four,

SON And what does that give you?

MOTHER (THINKS) Eleven.

SON It gives you flight four four three

MOTHER Yes. I’ll put you on to your father.

SON No!

MOTHER What?

SON No, it’s alright, I’ve just had a word to him, thanks…

MOTHER I’ll put you on to your father.

SON What’s the weather like there?

MOTHER What?

SON What’s the weather like down there?

MOTHER When are you coming home?

SON Tomorrow, I’m coming home tomorrow.

MOTWER Are you coming by plane?

SON Yes.

MOTHER It’s been a nice day here today.,

SON Yes…

MOTHER Your father put his shorts on… in the garden.

SON Yes…

MOTHER It was quite warm…

SON Mum.,

MOTHER In the garden today…

SON Mum…

MOTHER Yes…

SON Give dad my love…

MOTHER Yes…

SON I’ll write you a letter instead,

MOTHER Yes…

SON I have to go now.,

MOTHER I’ll put you on to your father,.

SON ‘Bye.

HE HANGS UP

MOTHER Here he is…

FATHER Hello…

SILENCE

FATHER Hello… are you there? Hello?

SILENCE

He must have been cut off…was it anything important?

MOTHER Oh, no, I don’t think so – he wanted a pencil. Oh, yes, and he sends his love…

SHE SMILES AND THE LIGHTS FADE TO BLACKOUT

 

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