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Eden (2001)
Synopsis: Eden is an Irish play, written by Eugene O'Brien in 2001. It premiered at the Peacock Theatre/Abbey Theatre in Dublin, and very successfully was put on in the West End of London and Broadway in New York City. In 2001 the play won the Irish Times Best New Play of the Year Award and Stewart Parker Prize.

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1 EXT. FIELD - EARLY MORNING 1

A LARGE OAK TREE in the early morning sun, moves slightly in

the breeze.

2 EXT. TOWN - EARLY MORNING 2

A lone figure, BILLY FARRELL (35), staggers drunkenly across

the SQUARE OF A PROVINCIAL TOWN. He is lost in his own world,

his eyes squinting against the rising sun. He is bleeding

from a cut to his forehead.

We HEAR CHURCH BELLS in the distance.

Billy LOOKS towards 'THE COPPER BEECH' NIGHTCLUB as he passes

on by.

3 EXT. CANAL BANK - EARLY MORNING 3

Billy's eyes dart to:

The TERMINUS of the grand canal.

A FEW BOATS tied up.

An EMPTY LIFE BUOY STAND.

Billy continues to shamble along, mumbling to himself.

BILLY:

Nothin' ever hard about me. Nothin'

ever....

Billy reaches a BENCH and slumps down onto it, out of frame.

4 INT. FARRELL HOUSE/BEDROOM - EARLY MORNING 4

Billy drops to his knees in the room. He looks to the

doorway, sees:

His wife, BREDA FARRELL (33), and his two very upset looking

children, EDEL (9) and JAMES (8), as they turn to leave the

room.

Billy closes his eyes to fight back the tears, and wipes a

trickle of blood from the cut on his forehead. He opens his

e yes and looks up at something above him.

A PAINTING of a bright sunny sky and field of long grass.

The main focus is a LARGE TREE and a GROUP OF MALE PEASANTS

gathered around it who look like something out of the

eighteenth century.

EDEN - Shooting Script - 18 JUNE 2007 2.

CONTINUED:

We PULL BACK from the painting to REVEAL

BILLY, STARING up at it.

We CONTINUE TO MOVE over Billy's head and across the

bedspread as we...

DISSOLVE TO:

5 EXT. FIELD - DAY 5

A field of long grass.

We SLOWLY TILT UP to reveal the LARGE OAK TREE, moving

slightly in the breeze.

BILLY (O.S.)

Makin' me sick... All this in

me.... Want to see her...

A GROUP OF MALE PEASANTS sit resting in the shade of the

tree. As we MOVE CLOSER we TILT up to the sky.

BILLY (O.S.) (CONT'D)

So I can tell her...

DISSOLVE TO:

ONE WEEK EARLIER.

6 EXT. SKY LINE/TELEGRAPH POLE - DAY 6

We MOVE across the sky to reveal Billy, dressed in BLUE

'EIRCOM' OVERALLS, sitting on top of a TELEGRAPH POLE. He is

completely lost in thought, staring out at the wide expansive

bogland around him.

He suddenly snaps out of it and goes back to his work of

connecting two wires. He puts the TELEPHONE RECEIVER he's

holding up to his ear. After a moment we HEAR the MUFFLED

SOUNDS OF A MAN AND WOMAN TALKING.

WOMAN'S VOICE (O.S.)

(over the phone)

Listen to me, there was two of us

in it.

MAN'S VOICE (O.S.)

(over the phone)

See ye tonight?

They make KISSING NOISES to each other and hang up.

Billy smiles to himself and goes back to his reverie.

EDEN - Shooting Script - 18 JUNE 2007 3.

(CONTINUED)

7 EXT. BOG - EVENING 7

Billy throws his TOOL BAG into the back of the VAN and takes

out a LARGE BOTTLE OF WATER and pours it over his head to

cool himself down. He then brushes back his wet hair with a

COMB. He removes his work overalls and reaches for a BEN

SHERMAN SHIRT from the back of the van and puts it on.

8 EXT. BOG - EVENING 8

The VAN leaves a trail of dust behind as it speeds back

t owards a town in the distance.

9 EXT. GOLF CLUB - NIGHT 9

A fine, new looking CLUB HOUSE surrounded by CARS. Billy

walks in with TONY TYRELL (40-ish) who wears a SMART JACKET

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