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Meet Brick Murello

BRICK MURELLO

Brick is Ruby's eldest child by her first husband, and her only son.  He was a handsome boy, but introverted and very serious.  Brick had a happy early childhood, but was sent to boarding school in England when he was of an appropriate age.  When his father died, Brick was not encouraged to return home during holidays, originally because his mother was grieving, and then by her second husband who deliberately shunned him.  He felt abandoned and scared, and eventually resentful of Edward when he realised he was being shunned.  Brick did not keep in touch with his little sister, River, as they had been separated at too young an age to develop any deep bonds.

At school, Brick was encouraged by both his teachers and his Uncle Michael to become involved with the dramatics society.  He had a natural talent - no doubt inherited from his Uncle - and thrived in this environment.  After finishing high school, Brick went on to study at DADA with the support of his Uncle.  He was respected in the industry and was already being written up and talked about as one to watch.

Brick missed his dad terribly when he died.  As Ruby worked through her grief and wildness Michael tried to step in and fill the gap for his sensitive nephew.  He regularly brought his whole family to visit Brick.  Brick soon came to adopt his Uncle, Aunt and cousins as his real family and was devastated when his Aunt died and Michael and Emerald were badly injured.  Unfortunately, the strength of his attachment had not been recognised and so no one supported him in his own grief process.  The Bannister had much to deal with and stopped visiting or communicating all together. 

Brick's sense of rejection and resentment and isolation grew, and is the power behind his work as an actor.  He sees this new company as a way to show everyone that he is amazing without them and is better than they ever were.  Subconsciously though, he is desparate to reconnect with his Uncle.

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Episode 10 - The Cajoling

INT.  BANNISTER HOME
MICHAEL Wow.  What a lovely meal.  And the thing which made it lovely is sharing it with my two gorgeous daughters.
SIENNA It really was the most fun we’ve had together in a long time.
EMERALD I don’t think I have been this relaxed for weeks.
SIENNA I know what you mean sis.
MICHAEL I know.  These last few weeks have been insanely hectic.  Between getting the building finished and preparing for the launch there hasn’t been a moment to ourselves.
EMERALD Just remember, in two days time you will be as free as I am right now.  I can’t tell you how happy I am to not have to keep reworking Flora’s dress (chuckles)
MICHAEL Well, not really free girls.
SIENNA What do you mean dad?
MICHAEL Once the launch is over we pretty much have to dive into getting our first show up.  We have to maintain the momentum of the launch or else it is really all for nothing.  We have to try and stay in the public eye.  At least for the first year.
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CHAPTER 28: The Snubbed Kiss

CHAPTER 28 The Snubbed Kiss LISTEN HERE
SCENE 1: The Snub (cont.) Kirana interrupts Ruby's conversation with Sophia and Henri comes to the rescue.
FEATURING: Jo Boyd, Malaynee Hayden, Maree Shefford, and Damian Vuleta.
SCENE 2: The Kiss Sienna settles Edward into her dressing room to help him with his makeup and their relationship becomes a whole lot closer.
FEATURING: Scott Knight, Imbi Leili Ling, and Sophie Rose.
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Transcripts below.

SCENE 1: The Snub
(DRAMATICUS FOYER. OPENING NIGHT PRE-SHOW)
RUBY
Let’s agree we both made the wrong assumptions, eh? Do you like Henri’s designs?
SOFIA
Si. I have always dreamed of wearing and Ensemble gown.
RUBY
We can definitely do something to make that dream come true.
SOFIA
Oh, no. That would be too much.
RUBY
Nonsense. Henri and I are good fri…

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SCENE 1: The Consumation Edward invites Sienna up to his hotel room for a night cap after a long day.
FEATURING: Jaclyn Lombardo and Scott Knight
SCENE 2: The Operations (pt 1) Ruby calls the family together for a production meeting.
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SCENE 3: The Operations (pt 2) The family convinces Ruby to go against her wishes for the good of the company.
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SCENE 4: The Hiring Maree invites Kirana to her office for a meeting.
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SCENE 1 (EDWARD’S HOTEL ROOM)
SIENNA I’m exhausted! I am glad the season is only 4 weeks. I don’t think I could handle this marathon for longer than that.
EDWARD Come, come Si. Take a seat while I pour you a brandy.
SIENNA Mmmmm. Brandy! You better be careful Ed or I’ll fall asleep.
EDWARD …