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Full Moon Over Faulconbridge tells the story of Margaret and Merv and their anniversary which goes terribly wrong in the Blue Mountains of Australia.
Here are the Characters you might meet in the world of Full Moon:
Margaret is a middle-aged housewife who is worried about her weight and her attractiveness. At the start of the story, she is married to Merv, and resents him for being so boring and lazy. She is scared that no-one will love her because she isn’t young and beautiful any more.
Tips: Margaret has mood swings and as the story progresses, multiple personalities emerge. You need to differentiate the different Margarets by voice.
Agatha is Margaret’s dead mother. In life she practised black witchcraft at the abandoned Old Academy. She has been imprisoned after death by Biami for serious crimes: the torture and slaughter of children for her magical rituals. She’s just plain nasty – manipulative, power-hungry, vindictive. She uses her daughter Margaret to try to escape from her prison.
Tips: Agatha’s tone is superior, arrogant, cold and biting. Sneers are appropriate.
NB: Never use interrogative mode. Never bring your pitch up at the end of a sentence. Always bring the pitch down.
Merv is a middle-aged, typical Aussie bloke. He’s pretty lazy and has no ambition. He has a boring job and likes to watch the footy. In the story he is transformed into a were-kangaroo, and learns about being a trustworthy, strong and dependable member of a group.
Tips: Merv moves from a state of almost complete unawareness towards clarity and decisiveness. This can come through in his voice – start off with your typical aussie drawl and refine as the character learns and grows.
Bernard is a late twenty-something Monk of an unnamed Eastern tradition who has taken a vow of non-violence after seriously injuring his friend Greg in a martial arts grading. Robyn Treadwell used to be his girlfriend, but broke up with him after the incident with Greg. At the start of the story, Bernard is trying to think his way out of his troubles. He thinks that if he can get his breathing right, he will be calm and serene. As the story progresses, he learns that he has to be part of the world and fight for what he believes in, including his love for Robyn.
Tips: Bernard is soft-spoken and even-toned: a bit repressed. As the story progresses his tone becomes stronger, more decisive and commanding.
NB: Pitch range increases as his awareness increases.
The Master is a man with aboriginal blood who has been brought up in the unnamed Eastern tradition. He is Bernard’s teacher. He is the sort of man who could kill you with his bare hands but instead decides to run an antique shop in the middle of nowhere. He has a ‘unique’ sense of humour, and loves to play the Asian Master stereotype (complete with cheesy accent) so he can knock it down. As the story progresses, we find that his aboriginal roots are very deep, and he is the only one who can help Bernard out of his mind-fog.
Tips: work out when the Master is using his cheesy tone and his serious tone. he speaks like he is doing kung-fu: tonal feints, guttural blocks, etc.
THE GIANT STRAWBERRY
Ok, so technically this is not a character, more a collection of sound effects, but it has a disproportionate presence in the storyline. A giant fruit monster that wants to gobble all it sees – what else need be said?
Robyn Treadwell is a girl on a mission – she’s just not sure what the mission is. Everything is serious, sharp and to the point. She styles herself as a cutting-edge journalist, but her career is off to a strange start doing tourism ads for the Blue Mountains. Deep down she still loves Bernard, but she just can’t forgive him for being such an idiot. Her journey takes her to a gentler, more mellow and balanced place. As Bernard gets more bad-ass, she relaxes.
Articulate, specific, and open.He represents the law, the sheriff, if you will. His word has authority.
The Monk’s Story
Most people know me as “The Monk” but my real name is Bernard Haversham. My father is a famous martial arts teacher that everyone calls “The Master”. I don’t know my mother. My father told me she was too young to raise me, and that her mother almost made her give me up for adoption. He offered to take me in and raise me. I guess she was about 16 and her pregnancy an embarrassment to the family.
I was raised in the temple with other students. It was hard when I had to go to school. Kids made fun of me because I had a shaved head. And when they found out that I didn’t know my mother, well, it was a good thing I knew enough about martial arts, because they tried to beat me up. Their taunts made me so angry that sometimes I was pulled into the principal’s office because I had hurt members of a gang who tried to corner me.
I guess you could say I got angrier and more pissed off as time went on, when I saw my friends going home and being with their family for Christmas and holidays. I never got to do that. I had no mother, so I never got to know that kind of family. It hurt to not have a mother. And my dad never talked about her, nor about a family, except to say “I made a mistake.” And him saying that just made me madder.
I met Robyn at the temple. She was interested in meditation and martial arts, and we got along really well. We decided to move in together, so we got a place in Springwood. I guess a relationship takes a lot of work because ours didn’t. We kept arguing about little stuff. And I was coming up for a big martial arts grading and didn’t deal well with my anger.
Dad kept saying, “Transform your anger. Use it. Focus it.” But when I finally did, it was in grading and Greg Thorson, my best mate, was my partner. I focused all my anger into a swing kick. He went flying across the room and slammed into the wall and broke his back. I was so stunned by the power of what had happened that I immediately gave up martial arts, and renounced all violent action. I immediately packed up my stuff, left Robyn, my dad, the temple and have stayed here in the Corridor of Oaks. I meditate, teach meditation and play my flute.
Okay, that was weird. This old man’s ghost, Sir Henry Parkes, took me into this place called The AfterDeath Pub, where all these dead politicians hang out. He had heard me playing my flute, and needed to distract and calm everyone down while he sorted out a major problem. It seems the Creation Spirit Biami has had enough of the colonials’ arrogance and wants to reclaim the Blue Mountains. Well, what’s even weirder, when I finished playing the flute it floated out of my hands, got zapped by some kind of magical power, and floated back down into my hands. I was told by Biami’s representative that the flute was the key, and that it was up to me to find a way to heal the land!
I have no idea what that means or how I’m supposed to go about healing the Blue Mountains.
The flute keeps playing a strange melody, one that I am not familiar with, and I think it makes things grow. And then who shows up? Robyn. I haven’t seen her in 4 years and today she came by, saying that she was now a journalist, and that her video crew is missing, and that a woman pushed her husband off a cliff.
It all started with the radio play. Here is the original 10 episode broadcast version:
The Second version of the radio play resides here.
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