Heart of the Storm
By James Beagon
Recommended for performers aged
ALEX: Alright! Let’s all stop for a second. It’s all getting a bit Lord of the Flies here.
DANIELA: Lord of the what?
DANIELA: Ew, who would want to lord over some flies?
ALEX: Has no-one else done the reading for Higher English? Everyone shakes their heads.
DANIELA: Why would we do that? Next term is ages away.
ALEX: Like 2 weeks.
DANIELA: Ages away.
EVE: It’s been 3 hours. Something’s gone wrong.
EVE: Something’s gone wrong. Maybe she’s got lost–
ROSE: Eve, stop it! You’ll panic them.
EVE: We haven’t got any sort of a plan. We could be stuck here for who knows how long and this lot are munching their way through everything we might have to eat!
Eve grabs a bag of sweets from the nearest person, Lochrin.
ROSE: Give that back.
EVE: We might need it–
ANNIE: Eve, don’t be a–
EVE: A what? Go on! Say it!
LOCHRIN: …can I please have it back?
MAX: On your head!
AMY: Thom, you’re blocking my shot!
THOM: I’m blocking you?!
ROSE: Eve, give it back!
ALEX: LORD OF THE FLIES IS UPON US!
DANIELA: I don’t want any flies on me! Stop putting flies on me!
The room descends into shouting. Then, there’s a loud crash and the shouting stops. The room turn around to the football game; the team are gathered around Lewis, who shouts out in pain.
LEWIS: It hurts!
ROB: What’s up with his leg?!
JORDAN: I think I’m going to be sick-
TYREE: Stand over here.
Tyree moves to help Jordan. Freya pushes through toward them.
FREYA: Out the way! (Pointing at Jordan and Tyree) And someone get them a bowl!
EVE: Turn off the music!
FREYA: Lewis, Lewis. Can you hear me OK?
LEWIS: OW! Yes.
FREYA: Did you hit your head?
MAX: He’s clearly hurt his leg!
FREYA: Did you hit your head, Lewis?
LEWIS: …I don’t think so. My leg-
FREYA: I know.
ALEX: Freya, what are you doing?
FREYA: I know a bit of First Aid.
ALEX: A bit?
FREYA: It was part of DoE. We haven’t finished it yet!
The lights flicker on and off.
TYREE: Who did that?
THOM: My phone’s lost charge.
AMY: Are we on the mains?
AMY: Is this place connected to the grid or are we on a generator?
THOM: …I didn’t check.
Freya presses Lewis’ leg.
LEWIS: OW! Stop it!
FREYA: I need to push it back before I can splint it.
ROB: You’re hurting him!
The lights go off entirely. A few scream.
LOUISE: Where’s Ms Harris?!
ROB: She’s not coming back.
JORDAN: I want to go home!
Eve turns on her phone light and illuminates herself.
EVE: OK, ENOUGH! Everyone, leave Freya alone and give her room. (Pointing to the younger ones) S1s, S2s, upstairs now and stay in your rooms together. Wrap up warm; we don’t know if the heating will stay on. (Gesturing to the rest) The rest of us, we’ll stay down here for now.
ROSE: And do what?
EVE: Figure out a proper plan.