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JAQ AVERY PLAYS FLORA DRUMMOND

Jacqueline Avery

Jaq Avery plays Flora, the rambunctious teenage daughter of Ruby and Edward.

Jaq Avery is playing the role of Flora Drummond

Jaq is an actor and producer based in Melbourne. She has studied her craft extensively over the past several years, including spending a summer abroad, training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Jaq has starred in short films such as Rush (2016), Bereavement (2015), and The Perfect Canvas (2014), and has been seen on stage in Breathing Corpses (One Little Room), Attempts on Her Life (NIDA Open), Arsehole (Junior Space), and A Midsummer Nights Dream (Portland Theatre Group). Jaq is currently completing her Masters in Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Melbourne.

FLORA DRUMMOND

Flora is 15 years old and self-obsessed and extremely wilful.  She is Ruby's youngest child and Edwards only daughter.  She is the apple of her dad's eye and has ben indulged and pampered by him since her birth.  Anything she has ever wanted he has acquired for her and he has allowed her to do anything she pleased her entire life.

Flora's attitude to her mother is one of contempt and dismissal, mirroring that of her father.  Flora sees Ruby as an irritating piece of furniture and the occasional rival for her father's attentions.  Flora does not bother to hide her disrespect and her father never requires it of her.  He contradicts any discipline Ruby attempts to impose and encourages Flora in her poor behaviour towards her mother.

Flora does not know her half brother and sister well.  They were kept away at boarding school, and when they did come home for visits as adults her father would take her away on holidays.

Flora was never sent to boarding school.  She was kept at home and home schooled.  She has developed a sense of owning the whole world, and her friends are more interested in the free ride of indulgence they get from pandering to her, than any sense of care about her welfare.  Underneath she is a very longely girl.  Her father led her homeschooling and as a result she has not developed any sense of focus or application and she does poorly in her exams.  Flora has no intention of continuing her education past the minimum required. 

Flora sees this new theatrical venture as her big break.  She has stars in her eyes and has decided that she will instantly be an amazing actress and will become a famous Hollywood starlet by the end of the year.  Then she can ditch schooling and her family and live a life of fame and glamour and be known by everyone.

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Episode 14 - The Captivation

INT.  STAGE.  KIRANA IS PRACTISING ON THE PIANO
EDWARD (Stands, listening for a moment.  When Kirana stops he claps).  Wonderful playing my dear.
KIRANA Oh, sorry.  I didn’t see you there.  Nobody was here (looks to where Brick had exited) so I thought I would get a bit of practice in.
EDWARD No need to apologise.  That was positively delightful.  Was that the Moonlight Sonata or do my ears deceive me in my dotage?
KIRANA Yes.  Yes it was.  I have a recital coming up so I thought I would get in a bit of practice.  This is a lovely piano.  Such a joy to play.
EDWARD (chuckling). Yes, only the best for us – which is why you are here of course!
KIRANA I don’t know about that. 
EDWARD Oh, I am sorry, I seem to have made you a bit uncomfortable, and like the big oaf I am, I have not even managed introductions.  I, beautiful lady, am Edward Drummond, and you must be the lovely Kirana – pianist extraordinaire!
KIRANA (giggling) Yes, I am Kirana.  I believe I will be accompanying you and your daughter for a…

CHAPTER 24: The Extended Understanding

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Episode 19- The Seduction

INT.  BISTRO.  KIRANA AND EDWARD SIPPING DRINKS.
KIRANA This is a lovely place.
EDWARD Yes.  I come here often.
KIRANA It has a very elegant ambience.  I can see why you like it.  Not to mention how conveniently close it is to the theatre.
EDWARD All of that, and the food is superb.  Alejandro, the chef, makes the most outstanding paella.  Would you like to share one with me?
KIRANA Oh, no thanks.  I can’t really stay that long.  I have a lot of preparation to do for my recital – and the launch tomorrow, of course!
EDWARD Ah, yes, the launch.  Well, you know, we still have a lot to talk over about that, so we might be here awhile.  It only makes sense to combine working and eating together.  That way you will be able to use your time afterwards to focus on your recital.
KIRANA (laughing) Your logic defies argument, and to be honest I am rather hungry.
EDWARD Excellent!  (indicates for waiter, who comes over)  Ask Alejandro to prepare his best paella de deux for myself and this beautiful lady.  Oh, an…