|Scene 1||Orwell’s Hostelry and Cobbling Emporium||Setting up shop||Film Noir||Sign
Rain running on the window
Till on US end of bar
Apple for the Cobbler's pocket
Chair and wash basin behind the Cobbler - he brings them DS or to the upper platform
Need cloth sacks
Need 66 boots
|Scene 2||Morgue||Recycling philosophy||Disturbing||signs
carried on in the blackout
chandeliers illumniated in the morgue
trolley's roll from SR to SL - do these entrances need to be ramped?
signs struck after scene
|Scene 3||Orwell’s Hostelry and Cobbling Emporium||Why
is the Cobbler here?
Lily, be my wife.
|Scene 4||Beach||Love of the Poet||Invasive/Surreal||Digging
Use of trap
need a spade
sack full of cats wriggling
Malachy can use all the benches and slabs as if walking on rocks
small bulbs hung above head height and out over the USR audience, a skyfull of stars help us understand we are outside?
|Scene 5||Morgue||Out of Shoes||Slimey||How
do we show passage of time?
sale signs in the Morgue?
|Scene 6||Orwell’s Hostelry and Cobbling Emporium||Lily's
|Scene 7||Morgue||Planting an idea in the Poet's head||Suspense||Mogue still set up from Scene 6|
|Orwell’s Hostelry and Cobbling Emporium||Debt
has been Paid
|Harsh||Eating an apple|
|Scene 9||Orwell’s Hostelry and Cobbling Emporium||Cobbler reveals himself||Introspective||Candlelight|
|Scene 10||Mainland Pub||The Cobbler Revealed||Detective Story||How
do we know we are not in Inishbollock?
be staged on DS half of the hostelry
The latter proposes not using a bar and therefore the barman would be played as a regular. One would know this is a pub by the men having mugs.
|Scene 11||Morgue||Birth and Death||Creepy||Showing
the bloody birth
Could be staged by rolling Lily to center on a coroner's trolley. The trolley would be rigged with bloody linens and the new birth. The trolley could be put on a diagonal so the birth would occur towards USL.
|Scene 12||Orwell’s Hostelry and Cobbling Emporium||Loss of father||Surreal||Bloody Baby, Bloody Boots|
|Epilogue||Gravesite||Cycle Continues||Sad Fairy Tale||Buried
Coffin dropped in
When a Cobbler arrives on this inhospitable island, a poet's anxiety grows. Questions of "why am I fixated on this strange man" and "why did I not see my father buried" torture the poet's mind. Too late are the poet's suspicions validated, as the son had already ended the life of the father, the Cobbler lying dead at the hands of the poet. As in a greek tragedy, a wrecked situation, despite moments of hope, ends tragically. The cycle continues as the poet sets off into the world leaving Lily's child behind.
wet and dank, dripping with anguish
black, white, red
despair, hope, defeat
|Generl notes about
the above groundplan:
Orwell's Hostelry is USL.
There are no walls to allow for clear sightlines from the seating which is closest to the Hostelry area.
Doors are indicated by frames and the window which will be painted is hung, attached at the grid and the deck.
DSC is the morgue.
Actors exiting Orwell's lobby move behind the deck and out the theatre doors.
USR is the beach/grave area.
Morgue and beach/grave areas can blur to allow for additional playing space.
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