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Here it is -- I'VE BEEN DEADER -- THE MUSICAL!!!

Richard Maitland

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Welcome to the Authonomy Theatre! In celebration of National Zombie Day and publication by Taylor Street Publishing of Splinker's novel -- a near-perfect blend of comedy and horror (as he has so often told us) -- we proudly present:

I'VE BEEN DEADER -- THE MUSICAL!

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DRUM ROLL. SAFETY CURTAIN RAISED…..


OVERTURE: TO ONE SIDE OF THE APRON OF THE STAGE, A FIVE-PIECE BAND: KEYBOARD PLAYER, DRUMMER, SAXOPHONIST AND TWO GUITARISTS. ALL ARE ZOMBIES IN VARYING STATES OF DECAY.

THE VOCALIST – ZOMBIE DADOO – CALLS THE LEAD-IN:


One – two – three – four!


[Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band] (B. Lloyd)

DADOO:
It was twenty years ago today
Zombie Splinker taught the band to play
We sing songs in the Zombie style
But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile.
So may I introduce to you
Some members of the Living Dead?
The Chorus of the Hungry Brains Club Band!

SIX ZOMBIES SHUFFLE ONTO THE STAGE, IN CLOSE FORMATION, LIKE ‘MADNESS’

CHORUS:
We’re Zombie Splinker’s Hungry Brains Club Band
We hope you will enjoy the show.
We’re Zombie Splinker’s Hungry Brains Club Band
Sit back and watch the life blood flow.
Zombie Splinker’s Hungry, Zombie Splinker’s Hungry
Zombie Splinker’s Hungry Brains Club Band!

It’s wonderful to be here,
It’s certainly a thrill
You’re such a tasty-looking crowd
We’d like to take you home for tea
We’d love to take you home.

DADOO:
I don’t really want to stop the show
But I thought you might like to know
The Narrator’s gonna sing a song
And he wants you all to sing along
He’s gonna tell you all a story
— It’s the Zombie ‘take’ on West Side Gory!
It’s Splinker of the Hungry Brains Club Band!


Posted: 13/07/2012 16:02:19
Last Edit: 13/07/2012 18:02:33 by Richard Maitland

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B.Lloyd

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(A piece of scenery from the wings falls over . . . )

Posted: 13/07/2012 16:08:43

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Richard Maitland

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DADOO:

My lords, laydeez and gennelmen, fellow Zombies and Breathers, please give a warm
welcome to tonight’s host and Narrator of the musical extravaganza – Splinker!


ZOMBIE SPLINKER ENTERS. HE IS DRESSED IN RAGGED MOTLEY, AND CARRIES A LARGE RED BOOK WITH “I’VE BEEN DEADER” TOOLED IN GOLD.


[A Wandering Minstrel, I – The Mikado] (B. Lloyd)


SPLINKER:
A wandering Zombie, I
A thing of shred and patches
Of bloody bones and snatches
And dreamy lullaby!
My catalogue is long
Through every passion ranging
And to your humours changing
I tune my supple song! I tune my supple song!

If blood and gutsy sentiment is wanted
I’ve bloody and gutsy ballads cut and dried
For where’er our Zombie banner may be planted
All those beastly Breathers are defied!

DADOO: (shouting) “DEFILED! DEFILED!

SPLINKER:
A wandering Zombie, I
A thing of shreds and patches
Of bloody bones and snatches
And dreamy lullaby!

DADOO:

And what a “dreamy lullaby” Splinker’s written! I refer, of course, to “I’ve Been
Deader” – a near-perfect blend of comedy and horror – and available from Amazon
and downloadable onto your Kindle for a modest sum. Full details on the back of
your programme. “I’ve Been Deader” is a story about… Well, let me explain:

DURING THIS SONG, SPLINKER SETS UP HIS BOOK ON A DAIS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE STAGE TO THE BAND, AND SETTLES HIMSELF ON A STOOL.


Posted: 13/07/2012 16:12:57
Last Edit: 13/07/2012 18:04:03 by Richard Maitland

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B.Lloyd

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A CAT RUNS ACROSS STAGE, HOTLY PURSUED BY STAGEHAND

(from the wings): Psst! Gerroff! Now! No – other side! OTHER SIDE!



Posted: 13/07/2012 16:14:03
Last Edit: 13/07/2012 16:21:14 by B.Lloyd

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Richard Maitland

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Would the Stage Manager please check her emails?


Posted: 13/07/2012 16:16:35

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B.Lloyd

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Done!

Posted: 13/07/2012 16:20:59

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Richard Maitland

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DADOO: (glaring into wings) As I was saying....

[Do-Re-Mi – The Sound of Music] (Richard Maitland)

DADOO:
Let’s start at the very beginning
A very good place to be.
But our beginning’s right at the end
’Cos we’re working back from X Y Zee

CHORUS: We start with Zee

DADOO: Our first little letter just happens to be

CHORUS: Letter Zee.

DADOO: S – T – U – V – W – X – Y — Wait a minute. I’ll make it easier for you.

Z – for Zombies, big or small
O – a Breather’s cry of pain.
M – for Murder – kill them all!
B – a Breather’s lovely brain!
I – a juicy eye tastes good!
E – another squeal of pain.
S – for slash and sup their blood
Which will bring us back to X – Y – Zee – Zee.

DADOO / CHORUS:
Z – for Zombies, cruel and mean
O – for organs in a belly.
M – for mashed-up brains and stuff
B – all blood and bone and jelly.
I – intestines twelve foot long!
E – for ears so stiff and chewy.
S – so sing this Zombie song
Which will eventually drive you screwy!


DADOO:

But writing “I’ve Been Deader” wasn’t easy. Every night, when other Zombies were out biting and killing, Splinker was burning the midnight oil, trying to find the words for his story.

On many nights he went hungry, for the Muse often evaded him. But his friends and fellow Zombies rallied round, and saved him from a fate worse than… No, actually. Being a Zombie is a fate worse than death.


[With a Little Help From My Friends] (B. Lloyd)

SPLINKER:
What did they do when the words wouldn’t come?
Did they stand by and let me dry up?
Lend me your ears and I’ll tell you a tale
And I’ll try not to eat them all up.
No, I got by with a little meat from my friends,
I got high with a little meat from my friends,
I could try with a little meat from my friends.

BREATHER: (from audience) How did you feel when you wrote through the night? Weren’t you hungry being left there all alone?

SPLINKER:
Thanks to their help I was really all right
I had liver and a tasty bone.
Oh, I got by with a little meat from my friends,
I got high with a little meat from my friends,
I could try with a little meat from my friends.

CHORUS: Is it time you were feeding? We’ll bring grub straight to your door.

SPLINKER: Anything that’s still bleeding. I like food dripping with gore.

BERT: Can you believe that’s he’s written a book?
MARY: I knew he had in it him all the time.
SID: What did you see when you had a quick look?
BERT: Dunno – he’d eaten me eyes, the swine !


Posted: 13/07/2012 16:21:47
Last Edit: 13/07/2012 18:05:14 by Richard Maitland

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B.Lloyd

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CAT RUNS BACK ACROSS STAGE, THEN STOPS IN MIDDLE TO WASH ITS FACE. STAGE HAND WANDERS ON, STOPS, GIVES UP AND GOES BACK INTO WINGS


Posted: 13/07/2012 16:22:50

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Richard Maitland

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SPLINKER:

Based on two characters from “I’ve Been Deader” – the book “wot I wrote” – our musical extravaganza this evening tells the heart-rending story of love between aZombie and a Breather (a still-living person) in post-apocalyptic England.

This is Romeo and Juliet – with no balcony scene, but much more blood, so those of a nervous disposition are advised to log off the site now.


Posted: 13/07/2012 16:24:20

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B.Lloyd

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CAT RUBS UP AGAINST SPLINKER’S TROUSER LEG

(whisper from wings) Just nudge her offstage.


Posted: 13/07/2012 16:25:01

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