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Murder at Penny-Bottom Castle

Episode 4: The Attainment

Episode 4: The Attainment
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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.

ANNOUNCER We present "Murder at Penny Bottom Castle. The Final Episode: "Attainment".
SCENE 1 INTERIOR ECHOEY ACOUSTIC

(SUCTION SOUNDS, WHOOSHES, TIME-DELAYED ECHOES, 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. AN ECHOEY VOICE CALLS "WOWEE WE'VE SO CHANGED AND YOU'VE STOPPED BEING DEAD" AND THE EFFECTS SEGUE INTO A THUMPEE, ECHOEY RHYTHM THAT CONTINUES UNDER THE FOLLOWING DIALOGUE.)
BOY 1: Looks like we're inside something. Lola, have you got the amulet?
LOLA: I can't find it
BOY 1: We've got to find it or we'll be stuck here for ever. That's exactly what will happen.

(BRING UP ECHOEY RHYTHM AND TAKE DOWN AGAIN. THEN WE HEAR LOLA'S SCREAM DISAPPEARING INTO THE DISTANCE AS IF FALLING)

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