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Meet Edward Drummond



EDWARD DRUMMOND

Edward is 40 years old and is Ruby's second husband.  He was born in England to a family with a questionable past and dangerous connections.  He was lucky to be endowed with incredible good looks, hypnotic eyes, and the ability to charm the skin off a snake.  Afraid of hard work and lacking the interest or focus to acquire a formal education, Edward made his way through his early years grifting and living off the good will of others.  He acquired friends easily, but lost them just as quickly.

Eventually he became involved with a theatrical troupe and his good looks meant he was regularly cast as the romantic lead.  This led to him getting work on the West End and a level of notoriety as a B-list celebrity.  His looks and charm made him a favourite of the talk show circuit which is how he achieved his fame, rather than his skill as an actor.  His lack of commitment limited his success on stage, but the people loved to see his face on TV. 

This was how he met Ruby.  They both attended a major fundraising ball in London.  Ruby was ripe for picking when he met her.  She was a lonely widow, wild and confused, and had lots and lots of cash and a fondness for travel.  Edward zeroed in on her immediately.  With her children safely out of the picture in boarding school he saw Ruby as a free ticket to a life of luxury and leisure and he set about courting her with vigor.  Within six weeks he wooed her into a whirlwind marriage.

Immediately after the wedding Edward quit working and set about living the playboy life he had dreamed of.  He considered his marriage a side issue and quite unashamedly philandered his way around the world.  Edwards biggest hurdle was keeping the children out of the way and in boarding school.  

Eventually Ruby got deliberately pregnant to try and settle him down.  He adores Flora, their daughter, but has grown contemptuous of Ruby for that pathetic attempt.  He has not sent Flora off to boarding school as the others where, but has showered gifts and affection on her, giving in to her every whim her whole life.  

Edward knows this theatre company is Ruby's latest attempt to bring him to heel.  He will play along with it for now, because Flora thinks it will be great fun and he likes the idea of impressing her.

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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…