A Cowboy-Clown, a Lasso and A Restaurant


 


The Premise, Logline and Step-Outline
‘Roped
In’,
‘Going
Loopy’…
 


Working Titles for the Story


Premise

 If
you
can’t
get
the
staff­
call
in
the
clown!
 


Logline

Who’s
the
lead?
The
lead
of
this
story
is
an
unemployed
cowboy‐ clown,
from
a
local
western
circus
that
has
just
been
closed
down.
To
 ensure
he
makes
a
living,
he
tries
finding
employment
at
a
 restaurant.
When
a
clumsy
waiter
is
fired,
the
clown
gets
the
job.
 
 What
is
their
problem?
The
clown
keeps
making
a
fool
of
himself;
 the
staff
and
the
customers‐
Old
(clowning)
habits
die
hard,
which
 unfortunately
results
in
the
manager
sacking
him.

 
 How
do
they
resolve
this?

The
manager
realizes
the
clown
had
 boosted
his
business
and
custom,
so
he
immediately
re‐employs
him
 as
a
waiter,
along
with
the
other
unemployed
entertainers.
It
creates
 a
whole
new
and
prosperous
restaurant.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Written
by
Emily
Clarkson
(2013)


The Step Outline

Scene1:
The
outside
of
a
restaurant
can
be
seen.
A
clown
sits
outside
 a
manager’s
office
fumbling
with
his
clothes.
Flashes
back
to
see
the
 gate
close
on
his
circus
and
a
sign‐
‘closed
down’.

 
 Scene2:
In
the
present
the
clown
witnesses
a
clumsy
waiter
breaking
 things.
The
manager
charges
out
to
sack
the
waiter.
Returning
with
 the
clumsy
waiters
apron,
he
thrusts
it
at
the
clown.
The
clown
 dresses
in
his
new
uniform
tying
on
the
apron
and
sets
to
work.
 
 Scene3:
Clown
begins
by
taking
dishes
from
the
kitchen
into
the
main
 restaurant
He
balances
many
meals
on
his
person
and
delivers
all
to
 the
right
tables.
Fills
drinks
with
a
siphon
feet
away
from
the
glasses,
 and
when
at
the
table,
lasso’s
them
from
the
bar.
He
washes
all
tables
 by
skating
with
soapy
sponges
on
his
feet.

 
 Scene4:
The
manager
looks
up
from
his
desk
on
which
is
a
chart
of
 his
profits,
watches
through
his
open
door
before
slamming
it
shut;
 the
picture
of
a
prolific
critic
fluttering
on
the
wall.
The
same
picture
 is
in
the
kitchen.
 
 Scene5:
The
clown
passes
the
picture
in
the
kitchen
to
deliver
an
 order
and
approaches
the
same
critic
to
take
her
orders.
She
orders
 water.
He
lasso’s
a
water
jug
from
another
table,
fills
it
from
his
lapel
 flower
and
pour
her
a
glass.

 
 Scene6:

A
child
knocks
his
cutlery
off
the
table
and
the
clown
catches
 it
with
the
lasso,
returning
it.
Someone
makes
a
drinks
order
and
the
 clown
swings
the
order
over
to
the
barman
via
lasso,
who
catches
it
 and
makes
the
drink.
All
the
while
the
critic
watches.
 
 Scene7:
The
manager
leaves
his
office
and
spots
the
critic
who
is
 watching
the
clown
as
he
uses
a
lasso
to
throw
desserts
from
a
 trolley
and
land
perfectly
on
the
correct
tables.
The
manager
freezes
 in
horror.
 
 Scene8:
The
clown
reaches
the
critic
to
take
her
desert
order.
She
 orders
a
cheesecake,
which
he
swipes
from
another
table
using
the
 lasso
catching
it
and
presenting
it.
 

Written
by
Emily
Clarkson
(2013)


Scene9:
The
manager
shouts
in
disbelief,
the
clown
accidentally
 throws
the
cheesecake,
hitting
the
manager.
The
critic
cracks
up
 laughing
pays
the
bill
and
leaves.
 
 Scene10:
The
manager
rounds
on
the
clown
ripping
away
his
apron
 and
pushing
him
out
of
the
door.
The
clown
walks
away.
 
 Scene11:
Some
days
later
the
manager
opens
a
paper
at
his
desk
and
 reads
the
praising
review
of
the
critic
about
the
clown.
Leaping
to
his
 feet
he
charges
out
of
his
office
to
find
him.
There’s
a
time
lapse
 before
the
door
opens
again
 
 Scene12:
The
restaurant
is
buzzing
with
people
and
every
 waiter/waitress
is
an
entertainer,
magicians
fabricate
meals,
fire‐ eaters
cook
steaks
rare,
and
the
clown
lasso’s
everything
that
is
not
 tied
down.
 
 Scene
13:
From
outside
the
restaurant
there
is
an
enormous
queue
of
 customer’s
eager
to
get
inside
the
restaurant
and
more
cars
keep
 arriving.
 
 Fin
 
 


Written
by
Emily
Clarkson
(2013)


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