|The Child in the Basket by James (T) Harding|
With hindsight, I can understand a lot better why I didn't win. I think the script suffered from being too subtle, like much of my work, and would have taken them too long to rehearse.
Here is my offering in its full glory. I can only hope that the work I'm producing for the Traverse at the moment as part of their Young Writers programme is of a similarly high standard.
The Child in the Basket
by James T Harding
Two men and a child in a hot air balloon basket
CHILD (Addressing audience) That's pa and his friend over there (pointing) - completely bonkers
MAN 1 Now now, Elizabeth. That is no way to talk to your dad!
CHILD It is said as though he can listen - but he is stone deaf
MAN 2 But I can lip read, so there miss clever clogs
MAN 1 Shall we throw her overboard / WE should float higher that way!
MAN 2 Pardon?
Man 1 and Man 2 lift child up by the front and back legs and singe her as if to throw her overboard.
CHILD Noooooooooooooooooo I'm to young to die!
MAN 1 She has a point, you know
MAN 2 One, two, three and throw
Child is thrown offstage
MAN 1 I though she was your daughter
MAN 2 Why did you say I was deaf?
MAN 1 I didn't
MAN 2 Yes you did
MAN 1 No I didn't
At this point the child appears from inside the picnic hamper
CHILD Yes you did
MAN 1 & 2 No he didn't