Great moments in history re-Imagined as they might have been had the central figure in the event been R Childs: No 2 in an occasional series of short plays

September 2, 2010

“OUR FINEST HOUR”

 Cast

 Prime Minister R Childs played by himself

 Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden played by Liv Tyler

Act I Scene I

 Interior: The House of Commons (UK). The house if full. Grave and serious expressions are upon the faces of those gathered. But as the Prime Minister delivers his speech, the mood begins to lift; a tide of passion and patriotism is swelling within the hearts of the men.

Prime Minister:     … Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties…

Sound:                   T-Ring, t-ring. T-Ring, t-ring (The emergency parliament phone is ringing. It is picked up and answered in hushed tones by the Foreign Secretary)

Prime Minister:     …and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will say –

Foreign Secr:         Excuse me, Prime Minster. Terribly sorry to interrupt. But it’s a call for you. Thought you might want to take it.

The foreign secretary passes the phone’s receiver to the Prime Minister. Momentarily undecided as to whether or not to take the call, after a moment’s deliberation the PM decides to accept.

Prime Minister:     Hello? Oh, Bex. Hi. Listen, can this wait – I’m in the middle of something rather important? Ok. No, no. Go on. This weekend? Not sure… I need to head down the West End at some point, pick up some new threads. But I suppose I could do that on Sunday…

Act I Scene II

(3 hours later)

Interior: The House of Commons (UK). The house is now less than half-full. Many of those remaining have fallen asleep. Some have clearly drunk themselves into a stupor.

Prime Minister:     Ok chaps, where were we? Is it my round?

*** END ***

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