Sound of knocking on door. To be or not to be, that is the question
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Sound of knocking on door. To be or not to be, that is the question



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Narrative

NICK

To be or not to be, that is the question. Whe..., oh no!

ANNIE

Why is it so dark in here? What's going on? Nick, what are you doing? The sun is shining outside.

NICK

Oh, hi, Annie.

ANNIE

What are you doing?

NICK

Nothing.

ANNIE

Well, stand up then.

NICK

I can't.

ANNIE

Why not?

NICK

Erm...

ANNIE

Right, I'm coming over.

NICK

... ..... OK.

ANNIE [Laughing]

Oh, nice outfit, Nick!

Bridget, look at this!

BRIDGET

[Laughing]

NICK

Oh, you can laugh, but one day, I will be a great actor. In fact, I might get a part in a Shakespeare production this week.

BRIDGET

In your dreams!

ANNIE

Did you have a good day at work, Bridget?

BRIDGET

Oh, I'm so tired. Training with the England football team this morning.

Oh, those boys - so cheeky! But they really know what they're talking about.

ANNIE

Football?

BRIDGET

No. Hairstyles and fashion, of course. Anyway, then I had lunch with Kylie Minogue's agent - lovely man.

[Laughs]

So funny! I'm exhausted.

ANNIE

Oh!! Poor Bridget.

BRIDGET

Euch, I must get changed.

ANNIE

Now Bridget's a researcher for Channel Nine, all she talks about is sweet stars. Huh! Bleuhh! It's so boring.

NICK

Huh? I'll be sweet when I'm famous.

BRIDGET

Where are they? I thought so.

NICK

“To die... to sleep …”

BRIDGET

Nick!

NICK

... ......?

BRIDGET

Are those my tights?

NICK

No. Huh!

BRIDGET

Oh yes they are!

NICK

Oh, these tights. Are they yours, Bridget?

BRIDGET

I'll speak to you later.

Now where's Hector? I have some exciting news for him.

HECTOR

Oh, hi, Bridget.

Hi, sugar-plum!

ANNIE

Hi, snugly-puppykins!

HECTOR

Hey, nice tights, man!

Laughter

BRIDGET

Hector, I have some great news for you. Channel Nine is looking for a television reporter.

NICK

Ah - I could do that!

BRIDGET

Not an English reporter.

A Latin American who speaks English.

HECTOR

But I can't speak English very well.

BRIDGET

Just audition.

ANNIE

Go on, Hector, the camera will love you.

BRIDGET

And so will the girls!

ANNIE

Not all the girls, I hope.

HECTOR

Well, if you think so, then...

BRIDGET

Ah, Hector, with my help, the job is yours.

And my new boss will be very impressed with me.

HECTOR

OK, Bridget.

BRIDGET

Right! Let's do some research.

Annie, we need CNN. Find it. And Nick?

NICK

Yes?

BRIDGET

I want my tights back - now.

NICK

OK.

ANNIE

You want your tights back?

BRIDGET

They are Versace. The remote, please, Annie.

NICK

Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio.

Sound of banging

ANNIE

What's wrong with it?

HECTOR

I don't know. I think it's broken.

BRIDGET

Well, we'll have to go to your place then.

NICK

Ah! There you are.

BRIDGET

Shhh, Nick. We're watching CNN.

We're doing research for Hector's new job!

NICK

Hector's new job? What about my new job?

I need to do research as well.

BRIDGET

Nick!

NICK

There! That's better.

VOICE ON TELEVISION

To be or not to be...

BRIDGET

What's this?

NICK

Hamlet - a tragedy.

ANNIE

What's it about?

NICK

Love. Madness. And murder.

Hamlet's father, the king, is killed by Hamlet's uncle, who then marries Hamlet's mother, so Hamlet kills his uncle and his mother and then he dies.

BRIDGET

That sounds like my family.

NICK

It's a masterpiece. I'd be great as Hamlet.

BRIDGET

Oh! My tights!

NICK

Oh, Bridget, I had an accident.

BRIDGET

Buy me another pair or you will have an accident!

ANNIE

Accident or murder?!

NICK

OK, Bridget.

BRIDGET

Right, I'm off.

ANNIE

Me too.

HECTOR

Goodnight, sugar-plum.

ANNIE

Night, snuggly-puppykins.

HECTOR

Oh, Nick, I am worried.

NICK

Hector, I know what you mean. When women talk like that, it is time to move on.

HECTOR

No, not Annie.

This television reporter's job. I don't really think I can do it.

NICK

Hector, of course you can. What you need is...

HECTOR

Talent?

NICK

No! You don't need talent. You need Nick's School for Television Reporters.

HECTOR

Nick's School for Television Reporters?

NICK

Yeah! I will teach you to be a television reporter.

HECTOR

OK!

NICK

OK.

Rule number one: imagine you are talking to a beautiful woman.



"Good evening, this is Nick Jessop, reporting from the Houses of Parliament just for you."

Rule number two: be mysterious.

"I am here to tell you the Houses of Parliament may look normal, but all is not as it seems."

Rule number three: make them trust you.

"I can reveal that this building is actually an alien space station. Trust me. Trust Nick Jessop. I will always tell you the truth. See you later. Goodnight and sleep tight." Do it like that, Hector, and you will get the job.

HECTOR

"Hi, this is Hector Romero."

BRIDGET [Composing email]

‘Chrissy, we need a new TV reporter at Channel Nine and I think Hector will be perfect.’

HECTOR

Well, if you think so.

BRIDGET [Composing email]

‘Of course, I will train him.

My new boss will be very impressed.’

HECTOR

OK, Bridget.

BRIDGET [Composing email]

‘And this morning, I found Nick wearing my Versace tights.’

NICK

Oh, these tights!

BRIDGET [Composing email]

He's a strange boy.

NICK [Composing email]

‘Guess what, Dan! I've discovered Shakespeare. "To die, to sleep ..."

I love it!

And I taught Hector how to be a television reporter.

NICK

Nick’s School for Television Reporters!

NICK [Composing email]

I'm sure he'll get the job!

BRIDGET

Did you get my fax? Well, did you get my email? What did Sting say? Will he do the interview?

You won't even ask him? He's never heard of Channel Nine? Oh, please. Please! Please!

Well can I meet him? I can? Where is he? At the airport? I'll be there. Yes!

Sound of knocking on door

WOMAN

Hector Romero for you, Bridget.

BRIDGET

No.

Hector, I forgot your audition. Listen, I must go out for one hour. Sting wants to see me!

Don't worry. Just remember everything I've told you. Here's the script, there's the camera. Must dash! Be back in an hour!

HECTOR

But.., I...

"Hello, this is Hector Romero for Channel Nine."

BRIDGET

What a day!

First Sting had already departed for New York and now this! This! From you, Hector!

HECTOR

Sorry, Bridget.

BRIDGET

Was this Nick's idea?

HECTOR

Erm...

BRIDGET

I thought so.

HECTOR

So, have I got the job?

BRIDGET

What do you think?

Goodbye, Hector. And the new editor will be here soon.

Right! Nick!



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