Dancing+at+Lughnasa+-+Script

Excited schoolgirls at the same time i see that

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excited schoolgirls, at the same time I see that forlorn figure of Father Jack shuffling from room to room as if he were searching for something but couldn't remember what. And even though I was only a child of seven at the time I know I had a sense of unease, some awareness of a widening breach between what seemed to be and what was, of things changing too quickly before my eyes, of becoming what they ought not to be. That may have been because Uncle Jack hadn't turned out at all like the resplendent figure in my head. Or maybe because I had witnessed Marconi's voodoo derange those kind, sensible women and transform them into shrieking strangers. Or maybe it was because during those Lughnasa weeks of 1936 we were visited on two occasions by my father, Gerry Evans, and for the first time in my life I had a chance to observe him. The lighting changes. The kitchen and garden an now lit as for a warm summer afternoon. MICHAEL , KATE , GERRY and FATHER JACK go off. The others busy themselves with their tasks. MAGGIE makes a mash for hens. AGNES knits gloves. ROSE carries a basket of turf into the kitchen and empties it into the large box beside the range. CHRIS irons at the kitchen table. They all work in silence. Then CHRIS stops ironing, goes to the tiny mirror on the wall and scrutinizes her face. CHRIS : When are we going to get a decent mirror to see ourselves in? 5
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MAGGIE : You can see enough to do you. CHRIS : I'm going to throw this aul cracked thing out. MAGGIE : Indeed you're not, Chrissie. I'm the one that broke it and the only way to avoid seven years bad luck is to keep on using it. CHRIS : You can see nothing in it. AGNES : Except more and more wrinkles. CHRIS : D'you know what I think I might do? I think I just might start wearing lipstick. AGNES : Do you hear this, Maggie? MAGGIE : Steady on, girl. Today it's lipstick; tomorrow it's the gin bottle. CHRIS : I think I just might. AGNES : As long as Kate's not around. 'Do you want to make a pagan of yourself?' ( CHRIS puts her face up close to the mirror and feels it.) CHRIS : Far too pale. And the aul mousey hair. Need a bit of colour. AGNES : What for? CHRIS : What indeed. (She shrugs and goes back to her ironing. She holds up a surplice.) Make a nice dress that, wouldn't it?... God forgive me... (Work continues. Nobody speaks. Then suddenly and unexpectedly ROSE bursts into raucous song:) ROSE : 'Will you come to Abyssinia, will you come? Bring your own cup and saucer and a bun...' (As she sings the next two lines she dances -a gauche, graceless shuffle that defies the rhythm of the song.) 'Mussolini will be there with his airplanes in the air, Will you come to Abyssinia, will you come?' Not bad, Maggie - eh? ( MAGGIE is trying to light a very short cigarette butt.) MAGGIE : You should be on the stage, Rose. ( ROSE continues to shuffle and now holds up her apron skirt.) ROSE : And not a bad bit of leg, Maggie - eh?
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