One Day in 2070

Play Script Anthology

Shadow on the Wall

Into the Void

FUTURE VOICES IS RUN IN COLLABORATION WITH

THEATRE PECKHAM

Written and performed by Kamillah Ahmed, Khodor El-Rahab, and anonymous

[Billie, Alex, and Ellie walk on stage in a line. Each one of them is in their bedrooms. Billie is sitting playing computer games, Alex is doing some stretches and exercises, Ellie is lying down playing on her phone.]

Billie: What is this? I’m getting a telepathic phonecall. [He puts his fingers to the side of his head.]

Hello there Timmy! Yeah, I’m doing good – just playing on my Playstation 64… oh yeah, yeah, the maths homework. Erm yeah, about the maths homework… I bunked that lesson ‘cause I hate that teacher so, er yeah… yeah I can come to your birthday later – see you in a bit.

 

[Billie goes back to playing his game]

Alex: [Puts her fingers to her head] Hi Timmy, yeah I can come to your birthday, I’ll be there in a bit.

But we er have that competition tomorrow too don’t we? ... Yeah, okay, bye.

 

[Alex goes back to stretching.]

Ellie: [Puts her fingers to her head] Hey? Ah Timmy, happy birthday! Did you have a good day so far?

… Ah good good. What did you get? … Ah nice you’re gonna have fun then! … Oh yeah, what time should I come? Oh right I’ll be there in a minute!

[Ellie, Alex, and Billie start getting ready to go out.]

Billie: Bobby? Bobby?! [Calls out to the rest of the house] Right er I’m stealing your teleporter. You had it yesterday so… screw you! Wait a minute… was it 56 Trafalgar Road or 57? I can’t remember.. ahhh [dials in a number in a keypad.]

[Whilst Billie is talking Ellie and Alex have also been preparing their own teleporting machines. Billie, Alex, and Ellie all three still in a line shake, stir, and finally jump and land together, arrived in their destination]

Billie: Happy birthday Tim- wait a minute? [He looks around, confused] What is this place? This isn’t Timmy’s house. [He looks around some more until he sees Alex and Ellie] Huh? Who are you two?

Alex: I’m Alex

Ellie: Who are you?!

Billie: I’m Billie, I’m Timmy’s best friend. I was just going to his birthday ‘cause er well it’s his birthday. Today so I was going to his house.

Ellie and Alex: Same

Alex: Where are we?

Billie: Hmm let’s think er it’s just a big bright room, I don’t know where this is. Knowing him, this is probably one of his pranks.

Ellie: Timmy?!

[All three of them wander round calling out Timmy’s name]

Billie: We know it’s a prank, you can come out now!  Hmm I don’t think he’s coming… it’s probably just one of his escape rooms. We just have to find a key, and a door, and we can get out of here

Alex: But there’s nothing here…

Ellie: And his room is not this big…

Billie: Hmm you’re right…

Alex: Oh look, what’s that!

[All three of them gather round a spot on the floor]

Ellie: It’s a button

Billie: Well it’s the only thing in here, so do you want to press it?

Ellie: I’m not pressing it!

Alex: Argh, I wanna get out of here [she then goes to press the button]

            Ow! [Alex suddenly pulls away and stands up]

Ellie: Are you alright?!

Billie: What happened?

Alex: argh it hurts, it hurts!

Billie: I told you we should have found the key – and the door!

Ellie: [Looks at Billie sternly] There’s no key. There’s no door.

[Alex suddenly shakes, stirs, and jumps as the other two are bickering]

Ellie: Er… Alex?

Alex: [In a robotic voice from here until they get out of the void] I am not Alex. I am the Void Master.

Billie: [Turns to the audience and puts his arms out] She’s possessed!

Ellie: Really!?

Alex: To get out of here, you need to follow me. [Alex starts walking off stage down the aisle of the audience]

 

Ellie: [Directed at Billie] Are we going?!

Billie: I mean, it’s the only thing we can do…

[Ellie and Billie follow Alex/the Void Master down to the end of the audience and back round to the stage.]

Ellie: Where are we going?! This is crazy

Billie: It’s all just a vast emptiness, what is this place – what’s here!

[Now walk back onto stage, suddenly stopping at a cliff edge]

Ellie: Exactl- Oh my god, what is that!

Billie: It’s a cliff! It goes down like a hundred-million feet. Erm, what are you asking us to do?

Alex: You guys need to jump

Ellie: Seriously?

Billie: Erm, it’s not like I don’t believe you or anything… but er… he’s my best friend and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t live at the bottom of a cliff... we’re going to die if we jump down there.

Alex: There’s no gravity in the void.

Ellie: I am NOT jumping off a cliff. Why would Timmy be at the bottom of a cliff.

Alex: He’s down there guys, trust me. Come on, we need to go. [Alex comes in between the two, takes their hands and makes them all jump.]

Billie and Ellie: Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

[Billie and Ellie hands in the air, Alex still robotic until they all hit the floor with a thump. They wait a second, then slowly get up and look around.]

Billie: Wha – Timmy’s house!

Ellie: We’re not dead!

Alex: [Looking round even more confused than the other two] Where are we? What happened?

Billie: [Turns to look at Alex]. Oh erm… it’s a long story.

            [Looks at his watch] And err… we’re like six hours late. Shall we go and wake him up?

Alex and Ellie: Yes!

[All three of them creep behind the curtains, then shout from off stage.]

Alex, Ellie, and Billie: [simultaneously] HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIMMY!