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Brislington School, Bristol

Murder at Penny-Bottom Castle

Episode 2: "Heaven and Hell"

Episode 2: Heaven and Hell
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With the help of writer John Fletcher, actors Bonnie Hurren, Barbara Kellerman and Christian Rodska, sound engineer Jonathan Lane and producers Tom Bennett and Shaun MacLoughlin to mentor and participate, the children wrote and performed this episode.

With a little encouragement it is remarkable what these learning difficulties children can achieve.

At the subsequent ceremony, in which the children were awarded STARS (Student talent Achievement Awards), it was immensely rewarding to experience the delight of the children and their families.  One girl, who had been very unconfident at the start, said it had been the best experience of her life.

the previous episode: "The Shipwreck" by the children of Monks Park School, Bristol

Here is the beginning of Episode 2: "Heaven and Hell" by the children of Brislington School:

SCENE 1 HEAVEN ?

(SUCTION SOUNDS, WHOOSHES, TIME-DELAYED EHOES, SPACE, LIGHT YEAR BEEPS AND FLASHES OF LIGHT, (AKIN TO) A FIREWORKS DISPLAY. RADIOPHONIC SOUNDS OF VORTEX TRAVEL, INTERMINGLED WITH MOANING AND SCREAMS. FIVE DISTINCT, INTERSPERSED, WHIP-LIKE CRACKS. A DEAD SPACE - LIMBO.)
DECLAN: CORY: SARAH: LOLA: (RECOVERING): Oh! Oh my God!
Where are we?
What's happening?
How did we?
DECLAN: Look at us! .... Our faces... Our bodies....
SARAH: Your voice.
LOLA: YOUR voice! MY voice!
CORY: We've changed into other people!
DECLAN: That's not a bad thing in Your case.
CORY: Ouch! Sarah!
SARAH: What's up with you? It's not like you to be bitchy
LOLA: Where are the others?
CORY: Those five bangs! It was them! They're dead! They've been killed!
SCENE 2. THE TOWER AT PENNY-BOTTOM HALL

(HIGH IN A TURRET, OPEN WINDOW, SEAGULLS. FAR BELOW, STORM-WAVES LASHING AGAINST ROCKS.)
LADY PENNY: With all due respect, Lampwick, I now have a full understanding of the word "Incompetent". Your equipment may well be advanced, but the way you're .....
LAMPWICK: Yes yes yes yes yes...Aha! Multiverse polyphonic telescope, thank you. Got 'em!
LADY PENNY: Where! Quick! Let me see!...Oh, my goodness me! The lens is displaying two images! I'm focusing on them. Oh... No.. no. It cannot be.
LAMPWICK: Two parallel universes, M'am?
LADY PENNY: Yeh..s. How did you know that, Lampwick?
LAMPWICK: Ma'm, you're forgetting my knowledge in the subjects of Astronomy and Astrology, Astro Phy....
LADY PENNY: Lampwick! Please tell me what is going on out there because I believe.. I'm seeing ... Lampwick...look through the scope and tell me what you see because I don't.. I can't believe...
LAMPWICK: No need for me to look Ma'am; five of them appear to be dead or possibly in another parallel universe, the others seem, for the moment, to be having a more enjoyable experience.
SCENE 3 BACK IN "HEAVEN"

(ATMOSPHERE AS IN SCENE 1. THE SOUNDS CHANGE DURING THE FOLLOWING CONVERSATION WE HEAR DISTANT STRAINS OF HARMONIC MUSIC, A HARP, FLUTTERING BUTTERFLIES AS BIG AS EAGLES, WATERFALLS, BIRDS (BLACKBIRDS, LARKS AND PARAKEETS).

DEAD SILENCE
LOLA: Hey, Dec, you're almost buff.
DECLAN: They're not dead. Are they?
SARA: (FORCING THE WORDS OUT AS SHE IS CHANGING) I want to be the way I was!
(TO HERSELF) We'll wake up . I know we will. Change me back! I'll never complain about the way I am again!
DECLAN: Shut up! All of you! Look around you. Take in what you see. Listen.
SARA: Listen to what? There's nothing.
ALL: Wow!... What is... Wow! .. What an gynormous gate!
CORY: It's all gold, like lace.
LOLA: Shall we go in?... It looks safe.

Sound of door opening into......magnification of above sounds
SARAH: What is this place?
CORY: Where are we?
DECLAN: Aah!.. It's beautiful!
LOLA: Oh, my G... Those butterflies! They're as big as eagles! All the colours of the rainbow..
CORY: Like flying carpets...
DECLAN: Filling the air....
LOLA: The waterfall's so clear! Sparkling in the light, like diamonds.
DECLAN: (ANXIOUS) Where's Sarah?

(A SPLASH)
SARAH: Come and join me! I'm over here!
LOLA: Wow! She's found a cave with a rock pool! I'm going in too!
CORY: She's stripping off!
LOLA: (SINGING) Cory's gone red.
CORY: You haven't got any clothes on!
LOLA: Glad you noticed. (AS SHE RUNS OFF) Here I come! Weeeeee!

(SPLASH)
DECLAN: (TO HIMSELF) This is Paradise!

Episode 3: Portway School, Bristol
Episode 4: Henbury School, Bristol

One of the advantages of radio as opposed to film is that it can be a cost effective way for a community to participate in the creative process of educating, informing and entertaining; and to produce a finished result in a short time. Producing plays and features with prisoners, their families and friends and staff has proved to be another socially beneficial use of radio.

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