Liberty and Owain. American middle class domestic extremist living out in the Fens.
Wales v Scotland 2010 #28playslater #day8
WALES V SCOTLAND 2010
SCENE ONE A triptych of scenes, two in darkness. A light shines on television screen set to the last five minutes of the Wales v. Scotland in the Six Nations fixture, 2010. Wales and Scotland have a good Celtic relationship and the game is traditionally goodhearted excellent rugby. There are about 5 minutes left in the game. It doesn’t look good for Wales.
Blackout and then lights up on the middle scene.
It’s Great St. Mary’s, the grande-dame of the Cambridge churches. A grand memorial service for a great man.
A distraught woman - must be the daughter- is finishing a poem.
GWYNNETH And you, my father, there on the sad height, Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
She walks out of the light. A man walks in. He addresses the audience.
LLEWELYN My father had no filter.
His phone buzzes in his pocket.
LLEWELYN Someone’s scored in the Scotland Wales game. Do you mind if I just check? I know he would want me to.
Blackout then lights up on the screen. It is seven minutes to go. Wales scores. It is astonishingly beautiful.
COMMENTATOR Try for Wales! Hope for Wales!
Blackout, lights up the stage left scene, which is a mother and son, JOAN and HUGH, sitting in a pew. JOAN looks good by the way. They are watching the funeral. HUGH is crying in a heartbreakingly dignified way. JOAN is desperate to comfort him so speaks under her breath.
JOAN Your grandfather had such a good life. And he’s ok right now. You know what he is doing. Watching the rugby from heaven.
HUGH Did you really mean that about the Red Arrows?
JEAN All I am is saying is that ten minutes before we got the phone call the Red Arrows were climbing up up through the sky so beautifully right over their house. Remember? We thought it had to be in Newnham. So it had to be an escort into heaven. What else could it be?
HUGH When you say it I believe it a little bit.
JEAN He is a king of heaven now though I promise you. What better thing to do than to imagine what the laws should be (she realises she is getting too complicated) He wrote about protecting the earth and protecting human rights and he was very kind and every time I ever went over to his house (she sobs) he would open a bottle of Champagne instantly.
HUGH Do you really think something happens after we die?
JEAN Well I think you got to go in there with as good an attitude as possible just in case. Dumbledore said it was the next great adventure.
Blackout lights up on LLEWELYN
LLEWELYN (checking BBC on his phone) Wales is playing some suboptimal rugby right now. Right. I apologize. I only know that my father loved rugby as he loved his life and his work and his family. Openheartedly. There is much to celebrate in his scholarship and leadership and devotion to human rights. I understand that. But there is much to mourn. I have lost my father. I have lost my father and he would at least want me to follow the Rugby. I think he knew how much I loved him. I know how much he loved me. After one quite difficult trip to the toilet near the end I looked up at him as I lifted him and all I could see in his eyes was concern for me. He was like that.
His phone buzzes. He checks it again.
LLEWELYN Wales has scored. And the kick.
Blackout and then lights up on JOAN and HUGH.
HUGH It would be weird to see Taid in an adventure. He would have to wear a tie.
JEAN And the Marks and Spencers suits.
HUGH Do you think he can ride around on horses along the beach in Wales?
JEAN Yes, I think he can for sure.
Blackout then lights up on the stage right scene, a large screen. The crowd at this point is already going nuts.
COMMENTATOR One score. One kick to try. One try to win for Wales. Blackout. Lights also come up on Llewelyn.
LLEWELYN Greater men than me have already written biographies of my father. The first modern vice-chancellor of the University. The architect of international environmental law. The prophet of the dangers of the modern state in Not In The Public Interest. This seminal legal treatise --
His phone buzzes. He looks and repockets the phone.
Blackout. Lights on the screen.
COMMENTATOR This fixture has produced some classic games over the years. Some of the rugby may not have been vintage - Shane Williams steals the ball.
Blackout light on LLEWELYN. He is refreshing his phone.
Now the lights come up on all the scenes and LLEWELYN on his phone and JEAN and HUGH are all watching the rugby.
COMMENTATOR And it’s a penalty to Scotland...
JEAN The Scotland team is better looking.
LLEWELYN We can be grateful he was with us. And I will be forever grateful that I was his son.
COMMENTATOR FORTY SECONDS.
A bloodied Scottish player takes the field. They are two men down and suddenly suffering.
COMMENTATOR Wales has tied with seconds remaining. And they TIE!
The cheering swells.
LLEWELYN They’ve equalised.
COMMENTATOR Let’s see what happens. One more play.
COMMENTATOR (breathless with the thrill) They have to get in kicking range.
JEAN That’s where Taid is.
HUGH Oh yeah.
COMMENTATOR IT IS THERE TO BE CLAIMED BY WALES.
Llewelyn stands proud.
COMMENTATOR They’ve got to keep their composure now.
COMMENTATOR (the loudest he has ever been) SHANE WILLIAMS!!!!!
JEAN’s eyes widen. HUGH smiles.
LLEWELYN puts his phone in his pocket.
The crowd on the television yells joyously for four solid minutes.