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RUBY DRUMMOND

Ruby is Michael's little sister and is 51 years old.  She spent her childhood growing up in his shadow.  As a little girl she adored her big brother and followed him everywhere.  He was kind but distracted.  As she developed her own personality she discovered that no matter what she did or achieved she was constantly eclipsed by Michael's achievements and the low expectations of her parent.  She was required to be a good girl, stay quiet and pretty and not cause problems.  She was encouraged to focus on her looks and social abilities so that she would develop into a good wife for a wealthy businessman.  There was no expectation of her to develop a career because, of course, she would marry well and be looked after by her husband.

Ruby bought into this role play for herself, although she was always aware of an underlying frustration and sense of confinement.  She was not a rebel though, and met her family's expectations.  At the age of 18 she married an investment banker.  They lived a jet setting life an were generally convivial and she had two children - Brick and River - before he died in a skiing accident in Switzerland.

Packing her young children off to boarding school as she dealt with her grief - for she did sincerely like her husband - Ruby soon began to comprehend the freedom she could now experience.  Her husband had left her insanely wealthy and, having already achieved all her familial expectations, she was now unfettered for the first time in her life.  The freedom went to her head and she went a little wild.  To help her move on, Michael introduced her to to A-list celebrity crowd.  Ruby put her children to the back of her mind and partied endlessly in a maelstrom of frivolity, excess, and debauchery.

This is how she ended up in London at a celebrity fund raising ball.  At the ball she met Edward - the most gorgeous man she had ever seen and one with a sense of devil may care that matched her own.  They flirted, he courted, she fell in love, and six weeks later an intoxicating affair had turned into a whirlwind marriage.

This time, Ruby had married because she believed she was in love so it came as a devastating shock to realise that Edward only married her for her money and was planning to continue to party and womanise as if he was still single.  Eventually Ruby thought to have a child with him in the hopes that it would settle him down.  It didn't.  Edward has pulled away from her completely.  Perhaps starting this new theatre company will bring them back together and settle him down.

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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.
SIENNA Groan.  And I was really looking forward to a six month …

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.
SCENE 3: The Celebration The cast of Richard III get an enthusiastic response to their opening performance and they take a moment to celebrate.
FEATURING: Justin Groves, Axle Gunn, Scott Knight, Imbi Leili Ling, and Sophie Rose
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…

CHAPTER 30: The Consumated Operations

CHAPTER 30: The Consumated Operations
LISTEN HERE
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.
FEATURING: Justin Groves, Axle Gunn, Scott Knight, Imbi Leili Ling, Jaclyn Lombardo, Maree Shefford and Samsara
SCENE 3: The Operations (pt 2) The family convinces Ruby to go against her wishes for the good of the company.
FEATURING: Justin Groves, Axle Gunn, Scott Knight, Imbi Leili Ling, Jaclyn Lombardo, Maree Shefford and Samsara
SCENE 4: The Hiring Maree invites Kirana to her office for a meeting.
FEATURING: Jo Boyd and Maree Shefford.

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 …