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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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CHAPTER 26: The Outrageous Compromises

CHAPTER 26 The Outrageous Compromises

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SCENE 1: The Outrage Dan and River call Emerald and Henri into a design meeting to solve some problems.
FEATURING: Dan Brasher, April Garreffa, Imbi Leili Ling, and Damian Vuleta
SCENE 2: The Compromise Henri convinces Edward to wear the right costume for the character of King Richard III
FEATURING: Scott Knight and Damian Vuleta
SCENE 3: The Arrival Sophia arrive in Australia and reminds Flora what she needs to do to make their plan work.
FEATURING: Samsara

Episode 24 - The Calming

INT.BISTRO.SIENNA AND BRICK ARE HAVING A DRINK.MICHAEL WALKS IN AGITATED AND HEADS STRAIGHT TO THE BAR.
BRICK
Oh, look, your dad has just come in.
SIENNA
Where? (turns head) Oh, there he is.Oh dear, he does not look happy.
BRICK
I wonder what has him so riled?
SIENNA
Ah, my guess is that would be me.
BRICK
Why, what did you do?
SIENNA
He rang me just before we went out shopping and I burst into tears and told him the whole sorry story.Obviously I was feeling a whole lot less confident then, than I do now with all the help and support you and Emerald are giving me.
BRICK
I think we should invite him over.He should hear the good news,That way he will be able to sleep tonight.
SIENNA
The good news! Hah.
BRICK
Now, now, I thought we were past all that.You take another swig of that very effective Margarita and I will bring him over.
SIENNA
Mmmm.Good idea.Order me another while you’re up there.This one is going down very easy.(both laugh).
BRICK
It’s a good thing you are my cousin or I could have my wicked way …

Episode 26 - The Remonstration

INT.  BACK STAGE.  RIVER AND FRANK ARE GOING OVER THE SCHEDULE FOR THE NEXT DAY.
RIVER Yes, Frank, that should work.  I nearly had a heart attack when the supplier rang and gave me the final dimensions!
FRANK No stress, Miss Drummond.  Every problem has a solution.
RIVER (laughing)  Frank, we are going to be working together quite intimately for a long time to come, so I think you can start calling me River.
FRANK Thanks River.  I wasn’t sure.  What, with you being the boss’s daughter and all.
RIVER When we are here at Dramaticus I am the Head Stage Manager, not Ruby’s daughter.  You are the Technical Manager and we are going to have to develop a strong working relationship in order to make this theatre work.  We can’t do that if I am putting on airs and graces, or if you think you can’t speak opening and honestly with me without fear of repercussions.
FRANK That is true.  I am very relieved to hear you say that. 
RIVER Look, it’s getting late and there is not much more we can do today.  How about…