1 EXT. BEACH. MARGATE. KENT. DAY. 1885. 1
The STEADY FOOTFALL OF A WOMAN’s BOOTS, sinking in wet
The RISE and FALL of a WOMAN’s breath-
MRS GEORGE WHARTON ROBINSON aka ‘NELLY’, head down consumed
by thought, etching a line across the sand, like charcoal
on paper until-
NELLY stops looking out at the endless grey Margate
coastline beyond, eyes dark and lost in some deep troubled
distraction, a sense she has walked as far as the landscape
will let her-
Heart beating, chest rising, she stands until-
She turns, head down, once more walking, as she picks up
The swoop and call of gulls, skimming the pier,
2 INT. SCHOOL HALL. SCHOOLHOUSE. MARGATE. DAY. 1885. 2
A school hall-
On a raised stage, a YOUNG SCHOOL BOY in fake
moustache dressed as a waiter, stands in waiting. Two
more SCHOOLBOYS, dressed in climbing costumes, sit at
a cafe table close by. A back cloth of the Swiss Alps
strung up behind. A young male teacher MR LAMBOURNE
[late 20’s] hovers distracted, clearly trying to
organise an errant backstage.
In the wings just visible, PROP MAKERS and STAGE MANAGERS
adjust collars on SCHOOLBOY ACTORS; An angelic LION [6 yrs]
waits with OTHERS, bored and tired in floormop wig and
painted nose, yawning as he peeks out to the auditorium
beyond to see-
REVEREND WILLIAM BENHAM [mid 50’s] sits, silently waiting,
in the makeshift stalls, reading through a playscript
A Drama in Five Acts by Charles Dickens
and Wilkie Collins.
Beyond a small orchestra of SCHOOLBOYS just visible in a
makeshift orchestra pit; a JOLLY SCHOOLBOY PERCUSSIONIST
tightens a nut on a wide drum. A TEENAGE VIOLINIST waxes
the strings on a viola, a SCHOOLBOY OBOIST and PIANIST
quietly tune up, looking to the clock overhead.
The SENSE OF TIME TICKING ON-
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DISTANT MURMUR OF VOICES PASSING
MR GEORGE WHARTON[early 30’s] headmaster, clergyman and
husband, just visible escorting a PORTLY PARENT along a
Here is the theatre. The boys
always perform a short play at the
end of term, highly popular with
the parents. Theatre is an abiding
interest of my wife’s. Which of
course I delight in!
He smiles at BENHAM, a shared look of quizzical concern, a
clock ticking overhead.
Is she still not here?
BENHAM shrugs, smiles benignly.
Mr and Mrs Featherstone may I
introduce Mr Benham. Mr Benham is
invaluable to the school. He
assists my wife with penny readings
and other charitable events. You
will often find them in corners
plotting their next money raising
The CAST, ORCHESTRA and BENHAM wait on-
Shall we move on?
3 EXT. CLIFFS. OUTSIDE SCHOOL. MARGATE. DAY. 1885.3
NELLY clambering over sandy dune seeing a small town in the
distance. She hurries on.
3A EXT. PATH. NEAR SCHOOL. MARGATE. DAY. 1885 3A
NELLY ascends a small path in the town. She walks briskly
towards a schoolhouse and enters.
4 INT. HALLWAY. SCHOOLHOUSE. MARGATE. DAY. 1885. 4
MARY, the maid carrying a tray with oil lamps on
passing GEORGE and the PORTLY PARENT heading towards
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Mary, tea if you please.
MARY quietly disgruntled, slides the tray down,
turning to head back to the kitchen.
A shadowy figure just visible through the glass, NELLY on
The SWING OF THE FRONT DOOR open, NELLY hurriedly pulling
off hat and scarf, just seeing GEORGE, closing the door of