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IRISH COUNTRYSIDE - MODERN DAY Inside a tent used for storage and sleeping. At u.c. there is a large circus wagon big enough to hold a lion. At u.l. is a flap in the tent used for exiting. Stage-right of the wagon is a mannequin dressed in a court jester's outfit and facing u.s. Next to that is a dartboard propped against the tent. At l.c. is a make-up mirror/table with bulbs all around it. There are two fold-up beds, one at l.c. and the other at r.c. Three tailor-style mannequin dummies are scattered around the stage. One at c.s., one at d.l. The third is d.r. and used when Otto changes for the second act. Hanging from the ceiling is a bare light bulb casting a dreary and insufficient light onto the stage. Scattered around the stage are nightstands, a wash bowl, a large chest, and chester draws. Author’s note: The set could reflect either a contemporary setting or a Victorian setting depending on how dark the interpretation.
CAST LIST FOR OLLIE OLLIE OXENFREE OLLIE - Thirties. Irish. Shabby looking. Resents still living with his mother. An epileptic with a violent temper who is easily led and dominated. MAMA – 50-60+. Irish. Seamstress and provider for Ollie. Represses Ollie in every way. Forgives Ollie's tempers but doesn't have the strength to fight him any longer. OTTO - 30+. Ollie's alter-ego. Wants to take over Ollie's mind. The epitome of a Devil's Advocate. English-Cockney accent. RACHEL - Late twenties. Irish Gypsy fortune teller and opportunist. Likes Ollie but is more interested in his mother’s valuables.
but is quickly drowned out by a LOUD CLAP OF THUNDER..) OLLIE (Back-stage) READY OR NOT..s.. Every time a streak of lightning occurs. Occasionally.l.. (Blackout) (Lights up) (CALIOPE CIRCUS MUSIC is heard in the b.. the lights on-stage flicker for a few moments and shadows can be seen darting past the outside of the tent.Not in here. casting ominous shadows across the inside of the tent and across the stage and its contents. .. he moves as if looking for someone or possibly stalking someone..) ..Where are you?.. a streak of lightning silhouettes the outside of the tent. (He moves to the wagon and lifts up the flap of the cage to peer in. subtly cloaking his face from view. Brushing excess rainwater from his jacket.ACT ONE. This scene continues for several moments until a CHILD'S SCREAM is heard b.s. HERE I COME!. (Musically) Where are you?..g. A FLASH OF LIGHTNING forebodingly silhouettes his body as he stands at the entrance to the tent.) .. (OLLIE enters u. along with the sound of CHILDREN LAUGHING AND PLAYING as a THUNDER and LIGHTNING RAINSTORM strikes b. His hood is drawn up and over his head..
. he looks under the table. Smiling wryly.. (Violently pulling the material from the sewing table.Where are you? (Musically) I'll find you.. he again looks around. Finding no-one. jerking her up into a standing position.) . (OLLIE lifts his arm as if to strike Mama. (Looking around the tent..Where are you?... Methodically.... DON'T WHAT? .. rocking back and forth like a hawk that has caught its prey. Are you playing fair?... OLLIE Don't what?.. he crosses to the sewing table and leans against it.. You know it's not nice to hide from me. Have you found a safe place to hide?.2 (He takes his jacket off and drapes it over the jester mannequin....I said..) .c. Angered. (Pulling back the material. he moves to the table....DON'T! Don't? you?. (He spots some movement from under the sewing table that is also draped with material.I wonder where you've got to. he bends and drags MAMA from under the table... he spots some material draped across the table at d.) MAMA OLLIE!.) .. IT'S NOT NICE TO HIDE FROM ME!. (Deliberate) WHERE ARE YOU?.. Don't hit you?....) ..Looks lovely on you.. Don't shout at Don't be like that?.. he stands straight up and takes a deep breath.) ..
there.. MAMA I told you.) .I know what.I... His right arm begins to shake violently as he twists his head. Lie down.. (OLLIE continues to shake as .) . It's YOU! MAMA You don't know what you’re saying. for you..) You poor boy.There. swallowing and grunting several times. MAMA sits at the top of his bed. (MAMA grabs Ollie's arm and swiftly guides him as they cross s.. now. YOU'RE THE PROBLEM! OLLIE SHUT UP! I KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING! DON'T TELL ME I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING! I KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING!.... MAMA It's the pills.. Shush now.) Come on now. Everything's alright. OLLIE DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO! It's not your fault.. .. trying to fight an onslaught he has experienced before.. They're too much OLLIE It's not the pills Mam.r to his bed.. (He begins to snort.. I told you!. cradling his head on her lap as gargled sounds emanate from OLLIE'S mouth.I know.. (OLLIE takes a step back.3 MAMA Don't be over-exerting yourself.. It's not your fault.. (OLLIE freezes as his face contorts in a grunt. Mama forgives ya..... (MAMA lays Ollie down on the bed as his whole body begins to jerk unpredictably.
. So why try. (Sitting down to sew. stands and crosses to her sewing table where she proceeds to tidy it up.. ya do... You'd think they'd look after their clothes better. cradling him.4 MAMA rocks him back and forth... Still. it's up to me to see you're looked after. (After several moments. I know. maybe he'd have made a difference with you. Will you listen to me. You put me through difficult times. is what you should...... A grown man is what you are.. We've only got each other you know..) . ya do. wouldn't yous.. it is.. she changes her mood...) .. . Tis a shame to treat such beautiful material like that.and look what mothers have to go through. so it's up to me to look after you... You can't change the wind and you can't stop the tide..There now...) .You need the help. Sometimes I think I'd be better off without your problems but I'm all you have since your brother and sister went off on their own.. your 'ol Mam's here. Sure if it wasn't for the love of a mother.If only your father were alive.) . Your 'ol Mam's here.. It's hard to control. but I'll help you.nothin to worry about.. (MAMA places Ollie's head down on his pillow. (Looking at him.a mother's help. we'd be on the street and that would be a terrible thing for a boy with your difficulties..Your 'ol Mam's here. OLLIE stops shaking and falls asleep. but you can't keep a job and you can't keep your temper. God knows I've tried but it's no use.. Tis trapped I am in being a mother. So. It's not like these people here get paid tons of money.. You sleep a while... you misfortunate boy . . (She takes a deep breath.My goodness! Look at these lovely pants.. and if it weren't for this Circus. (Picking up a pair of ripped trousers. such is my lot in life.) ..A man has his ways about him and that's that.) . Same with a man's habits. it's over and done with. Should be taking care of your old mama.
for you.You rest till your tea's ready. Is there any left Mam? MAMA You wasted them. You took too much. (MAMA rises and crosses to the mirror and plugs in an electric kettle sitting on the dressing table.. I know. if you’d only take your medicine in moderation. a nice cuppa will set you straight and I'll add a couple of biscuits so that you'll have something in your belly.You know Ollie.) MAMA ..) .... Ollie.. (Trying to reason with him. so I've sent for some more..5 (MAMA notices OLLIE from his slumber. you wouldn't have so many attacks. OLLIE I know Mam.. OLLIE I thought the medicine was supposed to help me.) MAMA Listen. Ollie dear? OLLIE What happened? MAMA You had another attack. you did. (OLLIE acknowledges as he rubs his neck in the attempt to recover from his seizure.Are you feeling better.. MAMA Too much or too little is bad OLLIE stirring . She then proceeds to put a Tea bag in each of the two cups sitting next to the kettle.) ..
You understand that. OLLIE They wear me out.. so do I.. OLLIE Such a demonstration of compassion. I can tell you.and he's thought better of. it is. that's all.. MAMA But you won't listen to your mother.. . MAMA And what if you died during one? I'd be all alone. MAMA And what do you expect with all ya put me through? OLLIE At least I'm still around. Not too many people would put up with your antics. one I know and one I don't. I'm only trying to help you.. MAMA Medicine is there to make people better. OLLIE I just get tired of having to swallow pills every day. but swallowing as many as you did will kill you. It's like you're two people.no. you know. ALRIGHT!. I hate seeing you get those attacks..6 MAMA The embarrassment you cause with that trigger temper of yours is too much for your old mother to bear. OLLIE I hear you. OLLIE Alright Mam. you have to do things your own way.alright.. I'm not like the other fellah in America who abandoned us. MAMA So do I. don't you? OLLIE I just wish it were different. MAMA But that's what will stop you from having your attacks.
O'Leary from the pub was staring at me as if I'd given birth to the Devil.. rotted liver. I remember many a day you're brother came home with all kinds of bruises and scratches from sticking up for you in school. she did.. (Blessing herself again) . OLLIE Why did I have to be the one with fits? MAMA You forget that your brother didn't fall out of a tree when he was ten years old. it was. it was. he did. OLLIE Her sons always teased me.. with the dhrink. with foam coming out of your mouth. ten months later... I told your brother that if you ever came home with a mark on your pretty little face.. Kept his head on straight. MAMA Hmph! Look where they ended up.7 MAMA I've my axe to grind with your brother too. Right in the midst of mass. Died. that's what they were... Father Flanagan didn't know whether to give you communion or an exorcism.. the son and the holy ghost. giving you the bread and sayin: "In the name of the father. MAMA I remember the first time you had an attack. (MAMA prepares their Tea. I was.. OLLIE (Bored) The revered son. Twas her that was cursed. forbid him to fight your fights. that's what I say. "Cursed" she told everyone else. (Blessing herself) . Your father..) .. I'd never forgive him.God rest her soul. Gypsies.. He wasn't as wild as you...." and you writhing on the floor in front of the altar.... Mrs.God rest his soul. Never trust a Gypsy... In prison for doing that God-awful thing to the Sullivan girl. If you could've seen the look on that one's face.. There was the priest in the middle of communion.
Thought if he couldn't see her then she couldn't see him. he is. OLLIE Why’d he do that. He didn't want to be burdened with me the rest of his life. MAMA What has he seen that's so great. There you were clinging to the handrail trying to get on the bus and your brother kicking you in the face so you'd let go. Shtuck! OLLIE He could always come back here where he belongs? MAMA Ah. MAMA Not at all. Trapped him. You didn't know where he was going. I remember when he'd go off to meet her? You'd want to go too but he wouldn't let you...8 OLLIE No wonder he left us as fast as he could. OLLIE He abandoned us. She filled his head with immoral thoughts.like the time he jumped on a bus and turned to see you running after it. Sometimes he had to beat the living daylights out of you to get rid of you . with lust. he's too loyal to that one. You just wanted to be with him. she did.. He wasn't in control. He got trapped by a woman with no talent in her fingers and no brain in her head. (Mocking) .. Mam? MAMA Cause that eejit of a woman he was seeing drove him to extremes. He tried to avoid her but it was like walking blind into a lion's cage. she did. MAMA No Ollie. OLLIE At least he’s got out and about and experienced a bit of life. Stuck with her he is now. his Precious without her caked on make-up and fancy knickers? one ."Afhraid" to leave his master.
then where would you be? Ya better off where you are. Take my word for it. what business do you have going there when you don't even have a job to pay for your ticket.. MAMA You’re the one with fits. freedom. years MAMA And how long do you think your welcome would last with his missus? She couldn't wait to drag him away from his family. a selfcontained. what’s wrong with staying here and travelling with the Circus? OLLIE Same looking places. See if that gets you through doors… Anyway.. I wouldn't put it past that one to lock you up in a mental hospital.. OLLIE The outside world?... He told me so.... sorry madam. Your affliction would not be understood by those in the outside world. You wouldn't get far on your dole money.. OLLIE My brother would take care of me. you MAMA What do you want going to America for? Sure. before he left. Jesus... He was still trying to . we’re over-populated and you are undesirable and we don’t accept strangers so piss off!” (he pauses but Mama does not take the bait) …I’m the one in the foreign country. canvas. I'd like to go see my brother in America but I can't because I'm stuck here with you. sorry sir..and you "couldn't bear to see me go.. We've been through this before. MAMA Ollie dear. ago.9 OLLIE He has love.. What are we then. There's a world outside of this. You think she'd put up with you on her doorstep? No! Especially when you're having fits cause you don't have the medicine to prevent them. nation of two where outsiders need a passport to come and go? (Mockingly) “Oh. independence. Your brother only filled your head with empty promises." even panic if I'm too long to shit. (Mockingly) . same four tented walls. confinement and your iron grip.. same looking faces.
That's not true!. there's the thanks I get for bringing you into this world. lots of it Mama and with rewards. to the table.. to be accused of conceit. Everything is bigger and better there. MAMA He told you what you wanted to hear. . You've never done a dacent day's work in your life.10 get away from you. only this time he used lies instead of fists. OLLIE Not everyone’s like you. You remember that. OLLIE I'm not afraid of working. prairies. (OLLIE rises and crosses d. MAMA What you mean is that the dole money is much more.) OLLIE But he told me.c. There's the thanks. There's work. only MAMA Oh.. OLLIE All I want to do is make a life for myself before I'm too bloody old! MAMA What would you do? OLLIE America is the land of opportunity full of skyscrapers. Why must everyone? you always be OLLIE like this seeing bad in MAMA Cause that's the way people are.. for looking after you when you can't do it yourself. for picking you off the floor after a writhing contortion. OLLIE Did he tell you that? Now come drink MAMA I'm your mother and mother's don't lie. They're interested in themselves. much less keep a job. mountains. your Tea before it gets cold.
There's nothing can help you in die every night. Tis a big strong man you're talkin to now! Fine Irish stock. you is not. two E’s. and I Take it from me. MAMA you can learn from that gobshite that life. Strong you are. go on now woman. there was. two I’s two P’s. I've MAMA Smart. and an anagram for it is tipple ice. OLLIE (Trying to brush her remark off with dramatic bravado) Ah. OLLIE I'm completely in control. Don't you for one moment think that I couldn't get work. What would you do? MAMA You have no skills. Watch and learn. but the people you work for become afraid of you. Do you know what tipple ice means? It means to have a drink with ice. “Epileptic. OLLIE OLLIE I would do what I do here. Let’s see. he is. it is. The circus is dying. picked up a few things here and there.11 MAMA No. The acts Five people last night in the audience think they were there just to keep dry. . MAMA No-one hires epileptics! OLLIE (Mocking her) Ah now. you're not all there. that's a big word there. I can learn. MAMA Like how to shovel elephant shit? OLLIE I've been watching Dermot the ringmaster and picking up some tips.” There’s four syllables in it. there's no future for ringmasters. Mine will be a Jack Daniels in New York! MAMA Sure.
he launches into a soliloquy. jumps onto his bed. MAMA Who with? OLLIE Barnum and Bailey. THE BEAUTIFUL AND CHARMING HYACINTH IS STRAPPED TO IT. HUGO THE MAGNIFICENT WILL THROW HIS EIGHT INCH BLADED KNIVES AT THE REVOLVING BOARD WHILE HIS ASSISTANT..LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. and at the entrance.12 OLLIE There is in America. (OLLIE emulates the sound of a crowd cheering and applauding as he closes his eyes. and in his best upper-class bogman Irish. .) (RACHEL stands enters unseen...) OLLIE . OLLIE I'm serious! MAMA What have you got that they would want? OLLIE (Refined) My accent Madre. MAMA Who in Jaysus's name are they? OLLIE (Americanised) Only the biggest circus in town Ma! MAMA Away with your nonsense. YOU WILL SQUIRM AS EACH KNIFE THAT HUGO THROWS STICKS IN THE BOARD.. STRAIGHT FROM HUNGARY TO YOUR DOORSTEP COMES A FEAT YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE WITH YOUR OWN EYES. MAMA What accent? (Spotting the Ringmaster mannequin. OLLIE grabs the TOP HAT. BOYS AND GIRLS. AND NOT IN HIS ASSISTANT. THE BEAUTIFUL AND CHARMING HYACINTH. WHILE BLINDFOLDED. places it on his head.
. After the third played out instance Ollie visibly squirms uncomfortably and is silence.) RACHEL The way he smokes and drinks. OLLIE tries to hide his embarrassment from Rachel. money. watching Ollie's Dermot's not bad. OLLIE I wouldn't want to take his job from him. With each knife thrown. A few moments pass. RACHEL BRAVO! You should be working here with that You'd give old man Dermot Dooley a run for his OLLIE He’s got the gift of the gab. OLLIE emanates an "Ooh!" sound.MAY WE HAVE A DRUM ROLL PLEASE!.LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.) OLLIE . It's about time we had a good looking fellah in the centre of the ring.. RACHEL wholeheartedly applauds Ollie as Mama looks on.. MAMA Where's his medicine? .s. THE MAGNIFICENT HUGO AND HIS BEAUTIFUL AND CHARMING.. a fellah as handsome as you.. (OLLIE places the TOP HAT on the table. Thoroughly entertained. RACHEL When he remembers to put his teeth in. BOYS AND GIRLS..) BRAVO! talent. (OLLIE bows as if accepting applause... HYA… ER… EX-ASSISTANT!.13 silently charade. Especially..) OLLIE . (OLLIE emulates the sound of a drum roll and imitates the knife thrower by miming his actions. in another year he'll hand it to you from his coffin.. OLLIE turns d.
.. RACHEL I got a customer at the last minute who paid extra for his fortune.. No need.You should let me tell your fortune sometime. . MAMA Didn't I tell you he was sick? RACHEL I'm sorry. Didn't I? MAMA Just keep your self-indulgent interests to Please don’t let me keep you from your chores.sewn up.14 RACHEL Whassat Missus? MAMA Ollie's medicine... can't she? yourself. OLLIE My future is apparently. MAMA It was a simple request. MAMA Enough of your sweet and stickily tongue. where is it? RACHEL Ah. but interesting enough to make me forget to run the errand for your mother. MAMA Stop your dribble and don't be making eyes at my son. I forgot to go down to the chemist.. RACHEL You shouldn't be keeping a strong looking fellah like this away from the women. missus... (smiling at OLLIE) . RACHEL I’m on a break..not as handsome as you Ollie. (To OLLIE) . It slipped my mind. Now now missus. You should concentrate more on your fortune telling than your fortune hunting. (Dejected) .... RACHEL A girl can look.
.. Gypsies. MAMA Gypsy gab. . OLLIE How do you do it? RACHEL A gift from God...) . We do have people. A gift of the gab. RACHEL (Blankly) Telling him what I saw in his future.In his. some MAMA Same meaning for thieves! RACHEL respectable businessmen among our MAMA Like the ones that blacktop your driveways? . OLLIE You really can tell people's fortunes? RACHEL Accurately. Itinerants.) RACHEL (To OLLIE) Imagine slapping a lion in the mouth then turning your back on him to pick up your whip.. I never forget to do my chores and I don’t take breaks. RACHEL We prefer "Itinerants" these days. He was lucky to get away with just torn trousers.16 RACHEL Just takes the right moment to let the seams out. missus. (Smiling.. MAMA You told him this in your caravan?. she turns to Mama.Do you have the lion tamer's trousers ready missus? MAMA Unlike some here.. I was only with him the night before and said he had better watch out for sharp objects. (MAMA retrieves the trousers from her sewing table...
.. MAMA You'll be late delivering the trousers. RACHEL Now now missus.would you like me to read your palm? OLLIE I can't afford it. A few can ruin the reputation of many. Such is life...17 RACHEL A noble service... like the old ruling class. OLLIE I've done a bit of manual work on building sites in my time.. it shows. Hmmm.Okay. Says you'll meet someone you like very much. They tread on the misfortunate ones stupid enough to fall for they're silvery tongues. (Changing the subject) Ollie. RACHEL Well give me a look at your hand then.. What strong hands you have. They're noble alright.. OLLIE What else do you see? RACHEL (Looking into his eyes) . RACHEL It’s amazing how living in a circus can make you an expert on laying asphalt. RACHEL I wouldn't think of charging you.. You give 'em your money and they lay down a black surface on your driveway that dries and peels off the minute they leave with your cash in their hands.. There's your love line... isn't it? MAMA I never forget those that do me wrong.. OLLIE (Defiantly) . RACHEL It shows. MAMA Noble? HA! A good choice of words..
Let me see. other hand in your pocket....18 A lot..Did anyone kiss it better for you? (MAMA jumps up and flings the trousers at Rachel. on the same hand. you. or. Take them back to your lover and tell him not to keep his money in that pocket anymore as there are more than lion’s claws trying to rip it out. site once.. burdens and sickness.) . OLLIE In my palm. RACHEL Lover? Whaa!? MAMA . hand to her (Pulling OLLIE'S lips.. Keep your RACHEL I see you being free of any OLLIE OLLIE What about my life line? Will I live RACHEL You seem to have parallel life lines OLLIE What does that mean? I don't know.. Ignore her Rachel... a long life? It's not clear.. A war wound? RACHEL It could mean that you have a choice OLLIE That's just a scar I got on a building RACHEL You hero. Oh.) MAMA Here! Get these out of here.. let me see. Hear that Mama? MAMA Be careful or you'll be free of your savings....
MAMA Yet! She likes me. MAMA Get out! (RACHEL reluctantly exits. OLLIE .. OLLIE They might. I've had enough of your wanton your job and bring back my son's RACHEL No harm meant missus. OLLIE She didn't do anything wrong. MAMA Ollie. How do you know? OLLIE She might just surprise you. RACHEL I'll see you later Ollie. MAMA You have to realise that no woman in her right mind is going to have anything to do with a man who has fits.19 Go on.. doesn't mean they're ready to settle down and live happily ever after with you.) OLLIE Why did you do that? MAMA She's no good for you. not dancing around men's heads dangling immoral temptations in front of their eyes. OLLIE What's wrong with that. get out! behavior. Just because a girl flashes a smile in your direction or bats their eyelids and tries to flatter you with words that come cheap. A woman that age should already be settled down by now with a dozen babbies tuggin at her apron strings. Go do medicine. MAMA Save your words and keep walking. MAMA She's not the kind who would understand your situation.
.. You've only one in this life. Not many years left now. you'll be all alone. I have a right to protect my son. You might pass it on. MAMA I'm only trying to protect you.. You'll have plenty of time for shenanigans later.. eh? Then what will you do? MAMA Ah now. you're getting worked up.. Then what will you do. I’m a grown man. OLLIE That's right.20 Why can't you give me some encouragement? I'm tired of you chasing everyone away that wants to get to know me. OLLIE I can do that. MAMA . You exhaust me. I'll make you a nice cup of tea. OLLIE I don't want one. MAMA When it comes to people like her.A man that works!. You're my OLLIE You can't hide me from the world. I'll hide from you. MAMA I'll bring you some tea. I can and I will! OLLIE If you keep doing it. MAMA I'm just trying to tell you about women. Women also want healthy children. your 'ol mother. I'll leave! I'll run off and maybe I won't tell you where I'll be. Oh I admit there are times when I'd love to see the back of you but where would you go? Tis better off y'are with me. They want to be looked after by a man. MAMA Come on. you know. They are only interested in security in a relationship. that's all. There's too big a risk with your affliction to be having little ones. son. OLLIE I'm going to lay down. .. I am. Tis better to enjoy the time while I'm still part of this world.
21 OLLIE I DON'T WANT ANY! (OLLIE proceeds to undress for bed, choosing to get into it wearing a T-Shirt and boxer shorts.) MAMA You know, you were lucky to grow up with a mother and father. I didn't have that luxury. Orphaned I was, at birth. Here we go again. OLLIE The “Lonely” speech.
MAMA It’s a terrible thing for anyone to go through. I was lonely then and I swore I'd never be again. Made sure I had a family of my own, I did. Your father... (Blessing herself) ...God rest his soul, was a good man. When he died, I wasn't lonely because I had you, your brother and sister to keep me company. Don't get me wrong. I missed your father but I had his memory and I had the three of you to remind me of my time with him... (Reflecting) ...He was a strong man, he was. Beautiful mop of hair on his head, he had. Clever with his hands too, he was. Built our first home, he did. A great dancer too. Ah, I remember the times we used to dance together. (MAMA dances a couple of steps as she remembers.) MAMA Won a few contests in our day, we did. company for an orphan such as me. He was fine
(OLLIE settles into bed.) OLLIE You argued all the time. MAMA Wasn't always like that. We had some good years together, we did. Problems started when you had your fall from that tree. Ah, here it comes. OLLIE I'm to blame for everything. MAMA
22 Ah sure, wasn't your fault. Boys will be boys I suppose but your father wanted to take you and guide you and I wouldn't have any of it. No, I knew what was best for my Ollie. I raised enough of yous to know what was best. He washed his hands of any responsibility for you, after that. Said if you were to be coddled then he wouldn't accept the blame for how you turned out... Sometimes I wish I had given in to him. I was a stubborn woman in those days. I suppose that was what caused the problems between us. He said a woman had her place in the family and if she wanted to be the man too, then the man had nothin' to come home for. Suppose he was right in a way. Took to the pub and spent the rent. So here we are... living with the thieves and freaks and wild animals and... ...deaf ears. (Glancing at Ollie.) You’re asleep.
(MAMA unplugs the kettle and tidies up her work. Once again, she looks over to Ollie, sleeping soundly, then grabs her Rosary beads, unfolds her bed and kneels at its side.) ...God have mercy, the knees are not what they used to be... (Blessing herself, she takes a deep breath and sighs.)
23 MAMA ...St.Anthony, you've helped me many times and I bless your soul for doing it but I need one big favour from you. Could you see it in your busy schedule to cure my boy of his illness? He's too old to be carrying on the way he is. I try my best to put up with his temper but it's too much for a woman my age to cope with. I don't have the strength to fight him anymore. Please grant an old woman her wish. I know I'm always bothering you, but you're the only one who can help me. Thank you for listening to me... (She blesses herself and with extra effort, rises and takes off her apron as she readies for bed. After several moments of fussing, she lies down and covers herself.) ...Tis exhausted, I am. Too old to take it anymore... It's a tough 'ol life... (The momentary silence is soothing and she quickly relaxes into her night's sleep.) (A few moments pass then OTTO stirs from his inanimate mannequin position.) OTTO Goodnight, you old Ox... (OTTO retrieves his hat from the table and crosses to MAMA.) ...Sleep while ya can... (Crossing to the mirror, he places his hat on his head and adjusts it. Turning to face Ollie, he comes to attention.) ...READY OR NOT, HERE I COME!... ...Where are you? (OTTO crosses to Ollie's bed.) Where are you Ollie?... (OLLIE stirs bedsheets up head.) ...I'll find you... (Teasing) ...You know I'll find you... and and pulls over his his
free! Nah matey. Afraid of the dark .. Ollie. OTTO Oh.24 (OTTO cockily stands foot of Ollie's bed) at the OTTO .. You aint... (No response) (Quicker) . OLLIE I’m asleep.... Ollie! OLLIE Free. Ollie (OTTO attempts to pull the bedsheets from Ollie.. Ollie.What's the matter. little boy? are we? OLLIE Go away! OTTO But I want you to play wif me.. Ollie. Ollie. OLLIE quickly pulls them back over his head.Ollie. OTTO You can't hide from me. Closing your eyes won't 'elp you.You can't get away from me. OLLIE I don't want to.. matey?. is that anyway to treat your mate.. Ollie.... Ollie.. matey.. oxen-furree.) ..
... Best interests at heart. innit me ol' china. ol' chap. Dreaming of jumping her bones. was it? Lovely bit of stuff. More than that.. I’ve tried. OTTO What's mum-sie think then? OLLIE Doesn't matter what she thinks. Never! The old ox will never let you out from her clutches. have you? OLLIE I like her. you're a mummy's boy is what you are. Truth hurt. And you never will. he says with love in his eyes. A tight feeling in the old growing loins. OTTO That's all. of course. . innit? You know why? Cause she don't know about me. Mummy. Got a crush on her I see. if found out.. Face it. Just her interests... does it? Tell me.. does she? Otto's a secret... A dainty dish to set before a king. OLLIE You disgust me. mummy... matey.. OTTO Ooh. Not got her blessin then?. Care to share?.. that's all.. OLLIE Shut up! OTTO Ooh. that is.25 OTTO Dreamin then are we?.. sweet.... were you matey? OLLIE (Sitting up) Don't be so crude! Ooh. OTTO Got something for her. That's the pee-rimest of beefs.. Just me. The dishiest of dishes. very OTTO I didn't mean kick her arse owt. OLLIE She just says she'd be lonely without me. Lovely muvver you got. Surprised you haven't rid yourself of her yet. how many friends you got?.. matey. Come on! How many?. I meant kick Ooh.. Throw me out she would. she has.. mummy's boy.. About the gipsy girl..
he is. OLLIE Leave me alone. he's gettin brave now. She's got the balls to tell you how to live your life. Couldn't call her just "cow." could I. sport. It's a dog you should have been born. You wouldn't get trodden on so much if you spoke up for yourself a bit more. that for the old ox. The loyalty of it all. Just like your brother wif that wife of his. old son. OLLIE She's my mother for Christ's sake. matey.. OTTO I am so touched. she won't ever. your archenemy. all the time. OLLIE She's just over-protective. your ruin. God knows. Should save some of . your undoing. if that's what you consider yourself these days. your downfall.. they were banished to Never Ollie land. OTTO Oh. OLLIE She's my mother. Like a dog. You back down! Time to change.. But. If they constituted a fret.... She's chased everyone away that ever got close to ya.. She is your adversary. YOUR LIFE! And you lie down and roll over cause you ain't got what it takes to stick up for yourself. Get kicked around all your life and you're still happy to see her come out of the toilet. OLLIE Why do you keep calling her that? OTTO Cause she's got the balls in this family. not a man. OTTO But you back down. you are.... OTTO She's your nemesis. that’s all. OLLIE I do!.26 her head in.. you still stick up for her like the old loyal mutt you are..
Brainwashed is what you are.kidding? go wee wee! Nonsense.. you two was. What's Ollie do? He doesn't have the "readies" to take him to the vet." she says. What am I going to do wif ya? Hate her... Are you going to stand by and let mumsie do it again? OLLIE I don't let her do anything.. can I be excused from the table? wipe my arse?" OLLIE You're being ridiculous. Remember that flea bitten dog you used to have? Would only answer to you. She OTTO You even need her permission to OLLIE . he is.. Mumsie got jealous and left him out to bite the postman.. OTTO "Can I get up.did ya. "Mumsie. can I do vis... but you don't see what she's like. you should. This time it's that nice bit of stuff who tells people's fortunes.. Never questioned her ... she does. doesn't rule me. OTTO "Can I go boink little Rachel?" OLLIE Stop! Can you Understand?. matey. OTTO Oh dear. throws the mutt in it and stones him to death.. can I do vat?" OLLIE I don't have to ask her permission for anything. brainwashed.you. remember? Stuck like glue. She wants you all to herself. Ollie." she says. She's still doing it.... OLLIE I loved that dog. Spare me.are. OTTO Get the picture?.27 OTTO Over-what!?. "Vicious. so he digs a pit. "Nothin left to do but put him down. Who.
you're not a...... OTTO You know... The surprise.STOP! YOU ARE A.. (OTTO staggers back. OLL-LIE! Me heart! The shock! The disbelief. OLLIE ..... OLLIE Not a what?.) ...the fortune teller......You're a. you know.. what's she like?..a fairy.what's she like in the.. trying to find a place to hide his embarrassment. (Knowing what Otto is referencing..) .... OLLIE Shut up! OTTO You are! .28 OTTO ..... clutching his chest in mimicked shock.Oh.Oh!!!. OLLIE NO! OTTO Then you're a.. OLLIE jumps up and paces the floor.. OLLIE LEAVE ME ALONE!. OLLIE ..sack? OLLIE Don't be dirty. NO!! OTTO A nice little go-er like her and you haven't done it?......Hey. Ere...Oh!..A what? OTTO .. OTTO You 'ave.
VIRGIN!! (SPOT ON OLLIE... NEVER BEFORE IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND.. THIS.... OTTO takes up position in front of the wagon. MORE HORRIFYING THAN THE ELEPHANT MAN.... PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS FOR THE SIGHT YOU ARE TO BEHOLD. SAVE FOR MARY OF NAZARETH. OTTO Where are you?. matey. MORE TERRIFYING THAN JACK THE RIPPER.) .. the bars as .... The DRUM ROLL STOPS.) ..29 (OLLIE turns away as if he knows the embarrassment that is about to come his way. BOYS AND GIRLS. THING YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE WILL NOT ONLY SHOCK AND DISTURB YOU.novelty! OLLIE Go away... (OTTO claps his hand and we hear a DRUM ROLL in the b. get out! (OLLIE staggers to the wagon with OTTO in tow.) Truth hurts.. (BLACKOUT. THE WORLD'S OLDEST. (OTTO pulls the drape off the wagon.g. OLL-LIE.) ..you.. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.) LIGHTS!. A few moments pass then SPOT ON WAGON and OTTO but Ollie is nowhere to be seen.... OTTO Truth hurts. IT WILL OFFEND YOUR VERY SENSES WITH ITS PITIFUL AND PATHETIC EXCUSES. HAS THERE BEEN SUCH A FREAK OF NATURE. YOUR MONEY WILL NEVER BE BETTER SPENT THAN WHEN YOU ENTER THE DOMAIN OF.... momentarily trapped in the cage) OLLIE BASTARD! YOU BASTARD! (OLLIE claws at OTTO laughs.. YOU WILL BE AMAZED AND BEWILDERED WHEN YOU CAST YOUR INQUISITIVE EYES IN AWE UPON THE SPECIMEN BEFORE YOU.) OTTO DRUM ROLL PLEASE!.....ROLL UP! ROLL UP! GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH..LEAVE ME ALONE!! OLL-LIE..
...) ..... OLLIE I hate you! OTTO Not me.there's your problem. .... old pal.. There's the foot of repression standin on your head.) .) What's going on?... matey. I'm not the one who is holding you down. There's the source of your confinement......) IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT! OLLIE IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT! MAMA (Choking) Oll.) OTTO (Proudly) . (OTTO grabs Mama's rosary beads and mimics her. alarmed at the sound. MAMA Ollie.Deliver us not into temptation but deliver us from… (OTTO backs up into mannequin position.. (OTTO freezes into his mannequin. his the cage (Making the sign of the cross. OLLIE screams and shakes the cage again before leaping out of it. I want you to get your end away.there's your deliverance my son. (SPOT OUT.Stop. what are you doing? (OLLIE yells and rushes at MAMA...li. MAMA awakes from Ollie's scream and sits up.) (Pointing at MAMA) ..) . He grabs her around the throat and shakes her violently.Go with God..I love truth.30 (OLLIE shakes violently.
..choking.St.) MAMA .. I'm not hurt. Seeing her approaching..... take them. You didn't know what you were doing.... OLLIE turns away.Anthony. Tis nothin but Valium...Anthony will help you...please OLLIE WHY CAN'T YOU LET ME DO WHAT I WANT? You're.... Tis alright.. MAMA me.. He then crosses to his bed.breathe.. (OLLIE takes the swallows them..you're. He doesn't know what he's doing. MAMA takes a few moments to shake off the effects.31 OLLIE YOU KEEP CHASING THEM ALL AWAY. (Blessing herself. unable to face his mother.. OLLIE WHY CAN'T YOU LET ME HAVE A FRIEND? Ollie. Hear my prayer St.Anthony.choking stop! MAMA your. The poor boy is not in control of his self..me.Here! Take these.. they'll help you calm down.killing can't.) pills and . The doctor prescribes it for me nerves. MAMA rises and produces a pill bottle from her bedside table.. sits on the edge and cups his head in his hands. God help me. MAMA You're... You didn't hurt me. Ollie me boy.Stop. St...MOTHER!.) .I (With another yell. (MAMA takes a couple of pills from the bottle. OLLIE releases his grip on Mama and throws her down. They'll help you too.) Tis alright...... She turns and crosses to Ollie. please help my son rid himself of the rage that burns inside of him.. It's okay.
(A few moments pass then OTTO stirs again.. it is.) OTTO You need a right proper kick in the arse matey. you didn't hurt me.. choked his mum and made her cry. I'm drained of all .. Too much excitement for one day. are (MAMA lies back down and drifts off to sleep. No balls. custard.. she washes them down with a drink of water.) OLLIE Leave me alone..You gotta be me!. Now lie down and go back to sleep.) OTTO (Quietly) Cowardy...Tis too much for a woman my age to cope wit. now.... cowardy. You couldn't go through with it. (OLLIE does not awaken.) . (OLLIE lies down and closes his eyes as Mama covers him.. Ollie Golly chickened out. (OTTO shakes Ollie...If you want a life matey.Oy! Wake up! (OLLIE half-awakes.Me nerves energy..... MAMA takes some more pills from the bottle and returning to her bed.) shattered. custard... (OTTO sits at the foot of Ollie's bed. cowardy. (Singing) . (OTTO stands on Ollie's bed. you gotta take care of business.32 MAMA (continuing) There you are... Jelly livered. (Louder) . puddin and pie. When his mum could no longer shout.) ....Ollie Golly..) . .. Spineless.) . I'm alright... could you?.. cause the ox has them.Cowardy.... that's what you is...
You sleep little Ollie. . you know.... YOU'LL NEVER HAVE A NORMAL LIFE WITH HER AROUND!..Oh great! I'm your only (Yawning) Now you've gotten me tired too... friend.. you know..33 OLLIE Please go away. All the time.. Can't be breast-fed all your life... (He yawns again) .) . (ignored) Oh I see! Changed your mind.. Otto can wait... in your world..What am I going to do wif ya?...) (Blackout) END OF ACT ONE.) . (indifferent) Look.. OTTO (Shadow boxing) There's still time matey... Isn't Rachel worth it? (indignant) .... . (OTTO gets off Ollie's bed and returns to his mannequin position. free from his mother's conscience..You have hurt my feelings. matey. you're going to have to cut the 'ol apron strings. I'm only trying to help. (OTTO throws the rosary beads at Ollie... Got all the time in the world matey.. has he?. give her the last rites... Best outta three?. A man must have a life.. if you want a woman like Rachel.. have you? Mummy's little boy gawn soft.Ere.. (A CLAP OF THUNDER and A FLASH OF LIGHTNING make the onstage lights flicker for a few moments...
.Locked is it Missus?..No lock can keep a resourceful girl like me pulls a hair and lock. After holding several pieces against her body...) (Lights up) (It is the next morning. A few moments pass then RACHEL hurriedly enters carrying a paper bag.34 ACT TWO..) .What has Missus got here then?.) . The storm outside has ceased.. snooping into Mama's costumes and material. momentarily. she hairpin from her proceeds to pick the .. (Undeterred.Ollie. (Taking advantage of not being seen..A heavy sleeper is a bad listener. (The CALIOPE CIRCUS MUSIC is once again heard in the b... and all is calm. (OLLIE does not stir from his slumber..g...) (Quietly) . .) ... Must be keeping something valuable in there. she crosses to Ollie to find out if he is awake... (RACHEL tries to open the lid but notices a lock preventing her from breaking in. RACHEL Missus? (Seeing that Mama is not there.. she wanders around the tent. she notices the LARGE CHEST sitting on the floor.... OLLIE is still asleep in his bed but Mama is not to be seen.) Sorry I'm late Missus..) out...
) OLLIE .35 (She spends a few moments trying to pick the lock. OLLIE She keeps all her valuables in it. RACHEL Doesn't she worry that someone will break into it? OLLIE It has a good lock. OLLIE Obstacles are my mother's specialty. what if someone just took it? OLLIE Too heavy.) RACHEL . ... you did... (Rachel's back prevents Ollie from seeing what she is doing but he continues to watch while wakening.. My mother's.. OLLIE awakes. now.come on.. (Looking at the chest) .This is a beautiful chest. sits up and through sleepy eyes...... RACHEL Well. What RACHEL Good thing she's not here. RACHEL Quite a discouragement. You scared the living daylights out of me.almost. watches Rachel with curiosity..... I was waiting for you to wake up. It's weighted down with lead on the bottom.. Where did your mother go? I don't know..Rachel? RACHEL GOD ALMIGHTY!.. are you doing? OLLIE She must have gotten up early..Yes. She'd probably bite my head off for being late to pick up the daily repairs... She takes out the lead before we move on to the next town.
. RACHEL That's a terrible way to waste such valuable beauty. She wore them once and thought she saw her mother's ghost staring back at her through the mirror. borrow it sometime? OLLIE Borrow? RACHEL You could put it back. RACHEL Why doesn't she get rid of them? OLLIE She thinks that if she sold or gave them away. RACHEL Just a peek? OLLIE My mother keeps the key around her neck. OLLIE Who in this country would want "cursed" jewelry? RACHEL Listen.. do you think I could take a look at them? OLLIE I can't help you there. Says they give her the heebie-jeebies. My mother only keeps the chest to hold a few trinkets and a pearl necklace inside. . Since then she has never taken them out of the chest. I've never owned OLLIE They were my mother's mother's and her mother's mother's before that but strangely. RACHEL Maybe you could. she'd be selling the souls of her kindred. RACHEL My goodness! A pearl necklace? anything made of pearl before. they never get worn.36 RACHEL Do you ever look inside it? OLLIE Nothing in there interests me.
.By the way. RACHEL Are you ill? OLLIE Nothing serious except that it keeps me from doing things I'd like to do..) . What would a strong..I’m just curious and would love a look... RACHEL Nothing should get in the way of a man seeking his fortune. like going it alone and seeking my fortune elsewhere.. I have to rush off.. handsome man like yourself be wanting with so many pills? Come on...) . (She crosses to the chest. Listen. There’s a matinee today and business to be had.. (RACHEL places the bag on the table. What are they for? OLLIE I need them to live a normal life.37 OLLIE She'd never let me. RACHEL That's a lot of medicine for headaches... . RACHEL She wouldn't need to know.) ..) . headaches....Don't worry. why do you need the medicine?..If you could do me that small favour. you know.... RACHEL senses his discomfort and eases up. Ollie.. (She moves closer to him. I’ll leave the medicine here.. I'd be ever so grateful. I'm not going to steal them. (This last comment makes OLLIE feel uncomfortable and he shows it. OLLIE For...
I suppose. RACHEL . It's the only world I really know..38 My mother medicine. You know. What do you think? . actually listening to me. hanging on my every word. sometimes I dream of being in the centre ring introducing all the acts with the spotlight illuminating me in my costume. and all the towns between." The west coast one week. "CIRCUS OLLIE'. RACHEL What would you do over there? OLLIE Join a circus. RACHEL I think you'd make a great ringmaster.Suppose you could go to America. RACHEL America? OLLIE My brother lives there.. OLLIE I'll never get the chance staying here. Who knows. Just think. and people listening to me. Imagine our names in lights. We could set up shop in a circus – as a start. the east another. Would you go on your own or would you perhaps consider a travelling companion? OLLIE You would want to go with me? (RACHEL smiles agreeably) OLLIE Why? RACHEL For the adventure. I suppose. You could be the ringmaster and I could tell fortunes. year's worth! Take ten OLLIE I'd be detained in every port in America by men with badges thinking I was smuggling illicit drugs. in a year or two we could be owners of our own circus. says that I OLLIE wouldn't survive without my RACHEL So take a year's supply with you and go.
.Yes! OLLIE You're absolutely right.Yes. OLLIE I'm not sure.. I couldn't.. you know. OLLIE She'd never forgive me...39 OLLIE Sounds wonderful. I don't have much OLLIE Nor do I and I have nothing to sell to make any. saved. "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!"... Relieve her of that affliction and take them to another country.) What are you doing? closer as if to .. OLLIE Yeah? (RACHEL cosies up to him. couldn't. (They move kiss... She thinks they're cursed. Mr. RACHEL Just think of you in the centre ring....Jesus.) RACHEL Yeah. Ringmaster.) MAMA GET OFF MY SON'S BED! (RACHEL jumps up as MAMA storms in. I'd be there. . I just RACHEL You'd be doing her a favour.. Maybe someday we could. RACHEL We'd need some money to get there.. You could buy a lifetime of medicine with the money.. I'd be beside you all the way.. you wouldn't need your mother to take care of you.. I don't know. I think you are… lovely… and all it takes is a turn of a key. RACHEL But there is something you have… or rather your mother has that could be sold to get us there and keep us for a while.
OLLIE Nothing Mam! MAMA .) looks at Ollie and ... I'll be going anyway. OLLIE Please don't start. RACHEL It’s alright Ollie. Don't start..can't trust any of yous... and leave my son alone. (RACHEL winks. MAMA Not soon enough. get out you little tramp! Mam! OLLIE You're being too hard on Rachel. I had to go back for Ollie's medicine. RACHEL Sorry missus. You’re all the same your type . probably couldn't pry yourself away from your lover. RACHEL MISSUS! I have no lover! MAMA Or maybe you wanted to be alone with my son. It's bad enough me fixing all the costumes without having to deliver them too.Get the hell out of my tent! Go on. RACHEL Never touched him missus. MAMA I had to do your work. (Motioning with her arm) .. MAMA Don't give me any of your Gipsy lies and excuses. You MAMA You haven't heard anything yet.Where were you this mornin? RACHEL I ran a little late..40 RACHEL Nothing missus.
You have no right to treat her like that. RACHEL That's right. Shall I tell you? OLLIE MAM DON'T! Please don't. MAMA . MAMA You’re a fortune hunter. They're them and when they eejit stupid enough . She honestly likes me. OLLIE We're going to America. She's a nice person. will you? What's the matter. Rachel tell her. I know only interested in what you can give get it they move on to the next poor to fall into their spell.. OLLIE She wants to go to America with MAMA My poor son. my son the final conquest? OLLIE MAM! Rachel is not like that. MAMA haven't the experience I do. You’re wrong! OLLIE Rachel is seriously interested in me.I overheard you asking what the medicine was for. She's not like that. MAMA This gob-shite doesn't give a rat's arse about you. me. That right? Yes. not a witch. You her kind. She's toying with you.41 MAMA You won't be satisfied till you've slept with every man in this circus.. OLLIE Not Rachel! MAMA She'll hex ya! RACHEL I'm a fortune teller missus.
and when he wakes up.) OLLIE Rachel. the man on top of you starts foaming and drooling at the mouth? Could you handle that?.. his body locked in his brain's seizure. missus...) his head under MAMA . Any kind of excitement can trigger it. please don't go.. How would you like to be in the middle of the throws of passion...42 MAMA We'll see where you'll be going then. MAMA Go and be friendly with the lions.. Do you want that as one of your trophies? (The pity in RACHEL'S eyes. RACHEL begins to back away..My son has fits... and suddenly. . Now get out! (MAMA grabs RACHEL by the arm and pushes her toward the exit. he doesn't remember a thing.. My son can never be normal. OLLIE (reeling away) NOOO! RACHEL Fits? MAMA You know what they are like? Have you ever seen a man writhing around on the floor wit foam coming out of his mouth.... (OLLIE buries his pillow. not conscious of what's happening around him. Even his medicine can't guarantee a life free of attacks.. reflect Mama's victory.) RACHEL I was just trying to be friendly. have you?. OLLIE DON'T! MAMA . RACHEL I'd better be going.
) OTTO HAW HAW HAW HAW!.. (OLLIE grabs one of the balls and hurls it toward the exit. (MAMA angrily lunges at RACHEL who turns and exits. We hear a MUFFLED BUT VOCIFEROUS ARGUMENT emanating from o. Ollie has fits.) OTTO ..43 (RACHEL takes a few steps. sobbing on his bed..s.) (Slower) ....) ...HAW HAW HAW HAW!. fits!.. (He produces three balls from his pocket and begins to juggle them..) RACHEL He'd be better off with a life of fits than with a life of being held down by you.HAW HAW HAW HAW!.. (While juggling.What's the matter little boy? Can't take it? Otto has ..HAW HAW HAW HAW!...STOP IT! STOP IT!! (OTTO drops the balls.. he crosses to Ollie's bed. now look what you made me go and do.... OLLIE (Jumping up) .) OTTO Aw. (OTTO raises his head but this time he is dressed as the jester mannequin.) RACHEL Help! A madwoman! (MAMA follows and exits.) .. He smiles wickedly. A few moments pass as OLLIE sits.... fits of laughter! HAW HAW HAW. then turns to face Mama.
OLLIE I want her. He has fits.. Why? Why? OTTO Not all has your best interests at heart like your old chum Otto does.. Mumsie's gone and slit Cupid's throat. Face it chum. it's all over... OLLIE I've got to go speak to Rachel. you the rest of your life? OLLIE She won't. No! OLLIE Rachel won't listen to her.) "You're not good enough for my son. OLLIE She wants me too. I must explain to her.. 'ol chum? Your muvver seems to closed the lid on your coffin and nailed it shut. OTTO I know… I told you you'd never be free until she's gone. matey.. dummy. have OTTO She's listening' right now. OTTO Explain what. OTTO Maybe in a sympathetic sort of way. Can't you hear her now? (Imitating Mama. you'd want anything that rubbed up against you. OLLIE She does this every time. But I want her. OTTO It don't matter..44 OLLIE My mother!.. OLLIE No. She'll only pity . OTTO Don't chase after her. It’s my mother. Every time. OTTO Blimey..
Ollie me 'ol china. Mum's the word. way.) . Ollie. OLLIE (Emotionally) I WANT HER! Tee hee hee! OTTO The virgin's horny. OLLIE Shut up! OTTO (still reciting) . (OLLIE attempts to leave. she batted her eyelashes and then began to sing oh aren't I a dainty dish to set before a king. (OTTO breaks into asinine and taunting laughter. happiness.. No-one will take him away from his mother. I want the same things everyone wants.. Get the picture? OLLIE (Dressing) I must stop her..kay. Don't let the hormones get in the way of clear and real thought. Why can't I have those things? Why can't I be normal? OTTO .. mistah never got his end away.. a family of my own. He starts to recite. Do you want to look weak in Rachel's eyes.45 Only I can take care of him.. OLLIE I'm just like anyone else... love.. that will be just twenty pounds for a quick two minute fling! STOP IT! OLLIE STOP STOP STOP!!! Have it your OTTO Oo..Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye.) OTTO STAY WHERE YOU ARE!. lovely little Rachel making Ollie cry. asking permission from Mumsie to see her? Oh that would undeniably be worse.The king was in his parlour counting out his money The queen was in the kitchen making bread and honey Then in crept little Rachel and tip-toed to the king Saying."....
OTTO You are so right . I can't live a normal life...and yonder feet hath road to burn as hark I hear the ox return! Tis livelihood thou protect hath to and all it takes is a tame of the shrew. OTTO It's pitiful. OTTO The old ox..) like a horse. slightly out of breath. OLLIE She stops me from doing anything I want. OLLIE (plotting) . (OTTO emulates the sound of a neck being broken as he twists his own. I don't know what to say. OLLIE She continues to hold me down.) MAMA STAY AWAY FROM THAT BIDDY! OLLIE Why did you do that? .) (MAMA enters. OTTO Bingo! (OTTO cocks his head as he hears something approaching.so right.) MAMA (off-stage) STAY UP YOUR OWN END! (OTTO prances around Ollie...46 Mum's the word. OLLIE With her around. OTTO (In a Shakespearian style) .She must be stopped..
lock. Do I have to go on? OLLIE You're lying! You can't bear to think that someone would want me or that someone that would take me away from here. OLLIE You can't do this to me anymore.. Is that right? not with you. OTTO Viva Ollie. MAMA As long as I'm alive. She likes me.. here one minute. stock and barrel. Do you for one moment think that she'd still be around if she got her hands on them? No! She'd be gone. from you. Mam.. She's not for you! MAMA That's that! OLLIE You can't tell me how to run my life anymore. gone the next. like a storm. I can and I will. There's your cue. but OLLIE What do you mean? MAMA She's the lion tamer's woman. (OLLIE grabs Mama's throat.47 MAMA She's no good for you. MAMA Oh she'd be off to America alright. what? MAMA I heard her conniving to get my pearls..) . OLLIE She wants to go to America with me. OLLIE She really likes me. MAMA She's not good enough for my son! OTTO Deja Vu.
) OTTO Just a suggestion.) OLLIE YOU'VE RUINED MY LIFE! MAMA ST. OLLIE (Clasping his head) STOP TELLING ME WHAT TO DO! (MAMA crawls away.s. between them.48 OTTO Tally ho! MAMA OLLIE! STOP! (OLLIE forces Mama into her sewing chair. OLLIE LEAVE ME ALONE! OTTO Take care of business then. YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOIN.ANTHONY. OLLIE I've had enough of your molly-coddlin. OTTO Keep going. MAMA OLLIE. OTTO stands u.. keep going. DON'T! OTTO Punish the old bag. matey.. SHUT UP!. OLLIE . PLEASE! OLLIE I won't allow you to hide me any longer. MAMA DON'T OLLIE. MAMA I'm your mother! OTTO Don't stop now.
you hear? Sick of it! OTTO I know what you mean.) RACHEL OLLIE! What's going on? You can hear the noise ten tents away. OLLIE Why can't you leave me to make up my own mind? That's what I say. matey. it. The Jippo is a tea leaf. I meant to tell you earlier but Mumsie's right.. (OLLIE slowly turns to face I'm sick of ..49 Everyone is always telling me what to do. OTTO I'm with you. yours truly. OLLIE She was using me? RACHEL Ollie? OTTO Afraid so. matey. OLLIE What!? OTTO A thief! RACHEL Are you okay? OTTO Didn't want to spoil your feelings for her.. (RACHEL enters. my little innocent friend.. OLLIE But what about wanting to be with me? OTTO You're not the lion tamer!. OTTO By the way. OLLIE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT I MEAN! NOBODY DOES! OTTO Only your oldest mate. 'ol chum.
Hoo hoo! OTTO Tea leaf. OLLIE You just wanted the pearls.50 Rachel. his face is contorted in a madman's expression.Get out.. OLLIE Gypsy thief! OTTO Tea leaf.) OLLIE ... OTTO Lock her up and throw away the key! (OLLIE drags Rachel over to the wagon and locks her inside. Panting heavier now. RACHEL What? OLLIE Get out.) RACHEL . (RACHEL backs up..GET OUT.. tea leaf. RACHEL You shouldn't listen to what your mother says. OTTO And what do we do with tea leaves? (OLLIE rushes at Rachel who screams as he grabs her arm. YOU WHORE!. (He moves toward her.) I am in heaven.. tea leaf.) RACHEL LET GO! OLLIE Thieves belong in jail.. get out. RACHEL Ollie we don't need the pearls.) .
here I come. Welcome to the fold. OLLIE (Excited) What? What? OTTO Let's play hide and seek wif mumsie.. yes.) Yes. here I come.. Ready or not. Ready. OTTO jipp.. Ready or not..... (Deranged.) (Musically) . (Deranged) ... (OLLIE slowly but deliberately hunts his prey... OLLIE READY OR NOT.51 What are you doing? Shut up! You're scaring me. OLLIE I'll deal with you later.... here I come.Where are you?. (Losing his reason) .jippo.. OLLIE (maniacal) JIPPO! HA! HA! HAA! OTTO Couldn't 'ave done that better myself.. OLLIE Hide and seek? OTTO You know. HERE I COME!.. matey. There's only one thing left now. Ollie crouches and begins to stalk..) OLLIE In due course Gypsy.... Ready or not.Where are you?. RACHEL LET ME OUT! (RACHEL shakes the bars then tries the door but is a prisoner.
. (Simulating a photograph being taken.. and you can't be free until she's out of the..three! (OLLIE pulls the material off the sewing table and drags MAMA out from under the table. OLLIE (Halting) What game? OTTO Careful.. MAMA .... OTTO You've been found.I was free.two.pick-cha!. (OLLIE puts both hands around MAMA'S neck and begins to choke her. I wonder where they can be? On the count of three..) ... guil-tay! MAMA You're not playing the game fairly. She can't be. There’s always Listen to me Ollie. Tighter....52 ...) Yes. Ollie Oxenfree...... matey. OTTO One... OTTO Safe? Free? You're the one 'ooh must be free. safe. a safe place when you play.. (OLLIE tightens his grip around Mama's neck.Someone's trying to hide from me.) NO OLLIE DON'T! MAMA PLEASE STOP! OTTO Objection overruled. OLLIE AND OTTO (In synchronization) ... she's tricky.. .. tighter!....) MAMA Stop it! Can't.
.) Wanna go? OLLIE (possessed) Wouldn't want to interrupt. has his hands around throat but both of them frozen in time. (OLLIE whistles the tune. Viva Otto! a OTTO (Turning his head like ventriloquists' dummy.Ah-lay-loo-yah!.. ah-lay-loo-yah. OLLIE next to them.....53 MAMA Ollie Oxenfree. Ollie.... ah-ar-lay-loo..) .. RACHEL NO! OLLIE DON'T! (A FLASH OF LIGHTNING and CLAP OF THUNDER make the LIGHTS BLACKOUT.) ..) Luverly. RACHEL is on her back in the OLLIE A man after me own heart. (OLLIE turns and crosses to the wagon.. Know what I mean? OTTO You devil. (Singing) Whistle while you work. (The CALIOPE MUSIC returns but this time slightly warped... Ah-lay-loo-yah! ah-lay-lu-yah.Other business to take care of.) OTTO (Singing) .. you..) OTTO HAW! HAW! HAW! HAW! (Lights up) (OTTO MAMA's stand stands laying cage..yah!..
.) OTTO Sleep well matey? OLLIE What are you still doing here? OTTO A a The music . OTTO and OLLIE switch places. MAMA'S BODY lies under the covers of her bed as OTTO sits on the overturned chest which is open.Give her one for me. matey.) OLLIE Otto? HAW HAW HAW HAW! OTTO HAW HAW HAW HAW! (A FLASH OF LIGHTNING AND CLAP OF THUNDER create BLACKOUT. retrieves the pearl necklace and gives it to Rachel who places it around her neck... OTTO tightens his grip around Mama'a neck.. stops.) (OLLIE slowly recovers. revealing its emptiness.) (OTTO opens the chest.) slumps into Ollie's .) OTTO (continuing) Heh heh heh heh! (In a fluid movement..) (A few moments pass.) (Lights up) (OLLIE is semi-conscious on his bed. (OLLIE pulls Rachel from the cage and they embrace.) (MAMA arms.Only choking! (OLLIE turns to Otto.54 OTTO ..
An enigma. OTTO Depends on what side of reality you are standing on. I presume. .... OTTO You are listening in riddles. (Standing to reveal) .. what? (Rushing to her bed) IT WAS A DREAM! OTTO No dream. 'ol chum. OLLIE (Rising abruptly) MAM?.... slaughtered.. OLLIE You're talking in riddles.Your mother. the OX... OTTO Alright. matey..) OLLIE What have I done? What have I become? kills his own mother?. This can't be real.. (OLLIE kneels at his mother's side. you..NO! IT WAS A DREAM! It happened.. how’s this.. OLLIE Who's wake? OTTO (Pointing) Hers. What kind of man .. All must transpire what has to. doesn’t it.. make some sense! Sense?..55 Waiting for the wake.. it just can't be. OLLIE Why didn't you stop it? OTTO Can't stop the tide. OLLIE Make sense. OLLIE NO! This isn't happening...
I'm part of the union.56 OTTO Questions will be answered in due course. some kind of sick bastard who gets his kicks from treading on the misfortunate? OTTO I'd be treading on myself then.) . OLLIE falls across MAMA'S BODY. you want to be close to me. (OLLIE stands and lunges again. OTTO It's not that simple. wouldn't I? OLLIE I told you NO MORE RIDDLES! (OLLIE lunges at OTTO who steps aside causing OLLIE to fall down.) ..What's the matter.. OTTO side-steps him like a matador. (With a yell. matey. OLLIE rises once more and again tries to attack OTTO. .. (OLLIE takes a long look at the mannequin then a look at OTTO. but misses and falls against the Ringmaster mannequin. It's not that OLLIE What are you.) OTTO You can't touch me.Oh. Momentarily. his confusion subsides) OLLIE Who are you? OTTO Take a guess... Screaming. OLLIE scrambles away from her. matey.. don't you want to be close to your mum?... OLLIE (Jumping up) ENOUGH OF YOUR NONSENSE! Why don't you go away and leave me in peace! HA! HA! HA! simple.
matey.Your late mother would be very upset wif you. they'll find a way out. OTTO But thanks for the compliment...... Jippos are like escape artists. with the pearls.. OTTO We're bosom buddies. OLLIE My mother! She would not have let you near me. so to speak. Your beloved little oyster ran away.. everyone I ever met. OTTO .) . (OTTO points at the open chest.. if she could be.. OLLIE . so to speak. heh heh. our little secret. come she didn't stop me from seeing you? OTTO She didn't know. OLLIE I don't have time for your games. OLLIE But she knew about everyone I met..Rachel. OTTO I was. OLLIE She wouldn't have allowed you to get close. How OTTO We've done a lot together. I'm Your pal. Try again. Put them in a cage. OLLIE (Remembering) Rachel! OTTO Should have kept your eye on her.57 OLLIE Are you the Devil? No.. OLLIE Where did you come from? 'Round-a-bowt! Name one thing..
) OLLIE No..Come 'ere. I'll give it to (OLLIE follows him and stands in front of the mirror.58 and everything I ever did. The funny thing is. (OLLIE looks reflection.... Come on! OTTO You want sense.. to the stage OTTO Do I have to draw you a picture?.. is that it was me who found you..Take a look..... did ya? OLLIE You found me? Wasn't hard either. you did.. (OTTO crosses mirror. OLLIE In the mirror? at his own .... always a place to hide. You hid me where no-one could find me but yourself. didn't ya. Hid me where she couldn't find me..) OTTO . OTTO That's where we met. secret places. You know that. Didn't know that.. there is. one of a kind. you OLLIE MAKE SOME SENSE! Right!. MAKE SENSE! OTTO Right there in front of me..There! See? (OLLIE looks at OTTO then back at his own reflection again.. OTTO Outsmarted her wif me. That's what the game is all about. There's always a place to hide if you need it. innit?. ya.) .. matey..) . was. One of a kind we are.
A few moments pass then the realisation overwhelms him.except for the obvious fact you is weaker and I is stronger..) (OTTO crosses to the mirror and stands.Our mind. away.... trying to gain control of his senses..We are one! .) OTTO YES! OLLIE NOOO! OTTO YEESS! (OLLIE reels around the tent.. then at OTTO.) (OTTO stands on the chest.. OLLIE ponders over Otto's words. (Defeated.) . (OLLIE staggers around. OLLIE You won’t find me then you'll go . (OLLIE takes another look at himself.59 OTTO Of your mind..) . OLLIE My. OTTO .THE OX IS DEAD AND YOU IS ME REJOICE FOR OLLIE'S OXEN-FREE! THE OX IS DEAD AND YOU IS ME REJOICE FOR OLLIE'S OXEN-FREE! HA! HA! HAAA!. admiring himself.) OTTO .. clutching his head.... screaming. I have control..I'll hide from you. mind..) OLLIE NO! (OLLIE staggers backwards.
There is a place. You've got nowhere to hide. picking up the pills and placing them back into the bottle... (OLLIE flips the bottle cap off. OLLIE .Then..) . I must.. OTTO Wherever you go. Not from me. Several pills fall to the floor. OLLIE (Searching the room) There is always a place to hide.) OTTO Butter fingers! (OLLIE gets down on all fours and crawls around. He holds them up for Otto to see.. (OLLIE wanders around. OTTO I'll find you. OLLIE (Pleading) You must go away.. (OLLIE stops at the table and spots the bag.. trying to find a way out of his madness. 'ol chum... I go too.No use fighting it matey..... can't hide from me.These will take away the torment you inflict on me.... OTTO Too late.) OLLIE ..) .) OTTO (Almost maternal) .60 OTTO I told you. (OLLIE opens the bag and produces a bottle of pills.
All I have is a past full of handicaps and restraint... Or what if I wake up in your place? I'd have Rachel all to myself.. Mama was right.It doesn't matter. What if you wake up later and I'm still here? This would all be unnecessary and your medicine would be gone. You had the power to take control of your life but you hid behind your sickness and ignorance because it was safe..I don’t. you ignorant hiding place..Wait a sec. . (OLLIE raises the bottle to his lips.) . OTTO Where's the sanctuary in death? OLLIE (Crossing to MAMA'S BODY) prat...How do you know the pills will do the job? OLLIE (Pausing) . OLLIE . Precisely! OTTO You'll do us both harm. places that you wanted to go. people you wanted to see. I have no future..) Mumsie said they could do you harm. is the ultimate secret (OLLIE lies down in front of MAMA and curls up into a fetal position. OLLIE . anyway? I’m just a mad dog. free.... I could have shown you things that you dreamed about.. There’s nothing but escape now – to a place where there is no suffering. but you're destroying any chance of that ever happening. You'd be writhing around everywhere. no sadness.. can you.....That. Otto begins to panic. That's what you wanted. But now you can't face up to the responsibility...) OTTO YOU COWARD! You're free from your mother’s grasp. no fits.) .. just peace.. (He downs the whole contents of the bottle. Who’d want me. (OLLIE hesitates for a moment.61 Be careful Ollie..
We'll travel... What do you say. YOU'LL NEVER BE FREE! You are wrong matey! OTTO (Returning position.. (As the lights slowly dim.. We'll go see your brother.) IT'S MY TURN! to his mannequin OTTO NEVER! OLLIE NO! THIS IS MY GAME .Ollie Ollie Oxen. or for eternity. She notices the pill bottle then spots Ollie. OLLIE I'll go and hide and you go seek..a place where you can be free for a moment.Ollie Ollie Oxenfree.) .) OLLIE . (OLLIE Closes his eyes.. you and me.Alright.. the characters on stage are backlit by light outside the tent... Mama stirs and rises uncomfortably. OTTO NOOO! (OTTO returns to the ringmaster mannequin and freezes.. (LIGHTS FADE SLOWLY. Spit out the pills and we'll go away from here...) OLLIE (Tired) . matey? OLLIE You're not very good company. OTTO Listen to me.....) . ok? Together.Ollie Ollie Oxenfree...62 OLLIE ..
Mama forgives you… Mama forgives you… Ollie? Ollie! NOOOOO! (BLACKOUT) CURTAIN .) Tis alright Ollie. cradles him in her arms and rocks back and forth.63 MAMA OLLIE!!!!!!!!!!!! (Mama quickly crosses to Ollie. Tis not your fault. yer ol mama is here.
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