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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 we pop over to the Bistro for a quick end of day beer before heading home?

FRANK
A woman after my own heart!

ENTER RUBY
RUBY
There you are River.  I need to have a word with you.

RIVER
Is it urgent Mum?  Frank and I were just finishing up for the day.

FRANK
I should leave you two to it.  I’ll see you tomorrow.  And don’t worry.  There won’t be any problems.  We can get the framing in.

RIVER
No Frank.  I offered you a beer, and a beer we shall have.  Why don’t you finish packing up.  I am sure this won’t take long – will it Mum? – and I shall join you very shortly.

FRANK
Well, if you insist.  Just call me if the situation changes.  See you at the bar.

FRANK STARTS PUTTING TOOLS AWAY.
RIVER
Alright Mum.  Calm down.  Whatever has happened, we will sort it out or work around it.

RUBY
I am very angry and disappointed with you River.

RIVER
Why?

RUBY
I just had Flora in my office, and she has told me how you treated her.  I couldn’t believe it after the talk we recently had and all the lovely assurances you gave me about treating her with more respect.

RIVER
Slow down Mum.  What are you talking about? I haven’t done anything to Flora.  What is she saying about me?

RUBY
Flora missed rehearsals this afternoon.

RIVER
Again?

RUBY
Yes.  And you know why.

RIVER
No Mum.  I truly don’t.  What lie has she concocted about me to excuse her behaviour this time.

RUBY
See!  There it is again.  A complete lack of respect for her.

RIVER
I am sorry Mum.  What happened to Flora?  Why did she miss the rehearsal?

RUBY
She missed this very crucial rehearsal because you refused to help her with her costume problem.

RIVER
What costume problem?  The dress fits and all the accessories were already sorted for Sienna so there was nothing left to do.

RUBY
The shoes, River.

RIVER
She doesn’t need shoes.  Emerald already purchased the right shoes for the costume, and Sienna and Flora have the same size feet. 

RUBY
I know, but you should have shown more compassion and support.  You should have understood that she would need one element of the costume that was selected for her and not Sienna.

RIVER
We wouldn’t even be having this discussion if you hadn’t given Sienna’s costume to Flora in the first place.

RUBY
I beg your pardon?  I am the Chief Executive of this company and I make all the final decisions.  It is not your place to question them or to sabotage them out of some stupid childish sibling rivalry.  Your job is to support the executive and the creatives.  You failed.

RIVER
Did you really just say that?  After all the work I have put in to make this happen?  The 18 hour days and endless negotiations to meet the deadlines and have everyone working cooperatively?

RUBY
(dejectedly) I am sorry River.  I was a bit harsh.  I guess I am feeling exhausted and under a lot of pressure too.  This business with Edward and Flora is just the last straw really.  I shouldn’t have taken it out on you.

RIVER
No Mum, you shouldn’t have.  I do understand though.  Just be careful where you aim the bullets.  I am not the one who should be in firing line and you know it.

RUBY
I know sweetheart.  Forgive me. 

RIVER
Of course Mum.  (they hug).

RUBY
Frank looks like he’s ready to go.  Is there something I should know about going on here?

RIVER
No Mum.  Not yet, anyway.

RUBY
Well, off you go.  You have worked hard and you deserve a little relaxation.  Just remember not to over do it.  We have a huge day tomorrow and it starts eary.

RIVER
Don’t I know it!  You have a relaxing night tonight too. 


FRANK AND RIVER EXIT.  END.

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