Extract from The Project

RedNeedle Productions presents The Project

Written & produced by Ian Buckley

'The Project', Ian Buckley's latest powerful play, presented by RedNeedle Productions at The White Bear Theatre, March 5th - 23rd 2019.

PLOT SYNOPSIS:
Jewish cabaret artists interned in Westerbork Camp hope their shows will help them avoid the weekly transport to the East.

EXTRACT:
Peter proposes escape from the camp to Anna. Anna is torn.
 

PETER:    Come with me Anna?

 

ANNA:    Seeing as it’s all a fantasy I will. 

 

PETER:    Say it’s real? (ANNA TROUBLED) If you love me you’ll say yes. 

 

ANNA:    If I do I’ll leave loved-ones behind.

 

PETER:    That’s the choice.

 

ANNA:    My love for you would mean more than my love for them.

 

PETER:    Different not more. 

 

ANNA:    Just go. 

 

PETER:    With you? 

 

ANNA:    No.

 

PETER:   Because you can easily do without me?

 

ANNA:    I can’t.   

 

PETER:   Then why aren’t you begging me to stay?

 

ANNA:    I would if I was selfish. You’re part of me, part of my life here. No you must go. You can. You’re not tied down. If you’ve really got a plan follow it. Go with my love. 

 

PETER:    If you’re not with me I’ll go without my love.

 

ANNA:    I’ll be with you in spirit - guarding you, hiding you.

 

PETER:    Please come with me Anna. 

 

ANNA:    Anyway I’m hopeless at crawling and running. I’d hold you back. 

 

PETER:    I’d carry you. And then we’d have bikes.

 

ANNA:    In this day-dream of yours?

 

PETER:    (AFTER A BIT) Say I did go? What about the people I left here? We know what happens to the friends and family of people who try and escape.

 

ANNA:    Artistes are an exception to the rules. What happens to others doesn’t to them.

 

PETER:    Performers have been sent away on transports. 

 

ANNA:    If you have a plan worked out, follow it. Your friends can take care of themselves.  

PETER:    Are you saying I should go? Even if it causes problems for others?

 

ANNA:    I am. With all my heart.

 

PETER:    Say I ask one last time, ‘Will you join me?’ 

 

ANNA:    ...(SHE STANDS) I’ll say I hope you make it.  I’d end up with a ‘till-we-meet-again’ moment... (THEY KISS PASSIONATELY) 

 

PETER:    Anna if you tell me you love me as much as I love you, I’ll stay. My word. I’d stay with a warm heart and total happiness. So say it? Will you? Please? 

 

PETER LOOKS AT ANNA. WAITS. ANNA SAYS NOTHING 


END OF EXTRACT

© 2017 by Ian Buckley