Dancing+at+Lughnasa+-+Script

And chris shout call sing to each other kate makes no

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and CHRIS shout-call-sing to each other. KATE makes no sound. With this too loud music, Its pounding beat, this shouting - calling-singing, this parodic reel, there is a sense of order being consciously subverted, of the women consciously and crudely caricaturing themselves, indeed of near-hysteria being induced. The music stops abruptly in mid-phrase. But because of the noise they are making the sisters do not notice and continue dancing for a few seconds. Then KATE notices-and stops. Then AGNES . Then CHRIS am? MAGGIE . Now only ROSE is dancing her graceless dance by herself. Then finally she, too, notices and stops. Silence. For some time they stand where they have stopped. There is no sound but their gasping for breath and short bursts of static from the radio. They look at each other obliquely; avoid looking at each other; half smile in embarrassment; feel and look slightly ashamed and slightly defiant. CHRIS moves first. She goes to the radio.) CHRIS : It's away again, that aul thing. Sometimes you're good with it, Aggie. AGNES : Fed the top. Is it warm? CHRIS : Roasting. AGNES : Turn it off till it cools down. ( CHRIS turns it off- and slaps it.) CHRIS : Bloody useless set, that. KATE : No need for corner-boy language, Christina. AGNES : There must be some reason why it overheats. CHRIS : Because it's a goddamn, bloody useless set- that's why. ROSE : Goddamn bloody useless. KATE : Are Wellingtons absolutely necessary on a day like this, Rose?
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ROSE : I've only my Wellingtons and my Sunday shoes, Kate. And it's not Sunday, is it? KATE : Oh, dear, we're suddenly very logical, aren't we? MAGGIE : ( Lighting a cigarette ) I'll tell you something, girls: this Ginger Rogers has seen better days. KATE : It's those cigarettes are killing you. MAGGIE : ( Exhaling ) Wonderful Wild Woodbine. Next best thing to a wonderful, wild man. Want a drag, Kitty? KATE : Go and wash your face, Maggie. And for goodness' sake tie those laces. MAGGIE : Yes, miss. ( At window ) Where's Michael, Chrissie? CHRIS : Working at those kites, isn't he? MAGGIE : He's not there. He's gone. CHRIS : He won't go far. MAGGIE : He was there ten minutes ago. CHRIS : He'll be all right. MAGGIE : But if he goes down to the old well - CHRIS : Just leave him alone for once, will you, please? ( MAGGIE shrugs and goes out the back door. Pause.) KATE : Who's making the tea this evening? AGNES : Who makes the tea every evening? CHRIS : ( At radio ) The connections seem to be all right. KATE : Please take that surplice off, Christina. CHRIS : Maybe a valve has gone - if I knew what a valve looked like. KATE : Have you no sense of propriety? CHRIS : If you ask me we should throw it cue. AGNES : I'd be all for that. It's junk, that set. ROSE : Goddamn and bloody useless. KATE : ( To AGNES ) And you'll buy a new one, will you? AGNES : It was never any good. KATE : You'll buy it out of your glove money, will you? I thought what you and Rose earned knitting gloves was barely sufficient to clothe the pair of you.
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