Shine your light for me

(Fgm looks up, single downward spot flickers at first weakly.

Music and wing flapping sound and bird call to crescendo at same time as downward spot goes to full power and Fgm holds arms wide open and holds face up to the light.

She then circles in the downward spot.

Music and sound effects go quieter)

You could not leave your eternal love

All those years you stayed above

The clouds and waited ever faithful

Our guardian angel.

Xanthea, I promise you this

Soon Aramides will be free once more

And above this earth we'll swoop and soar

With the angels

SONG - THE WINGS OF LOVE

(JUKEBOX ON PAGE 1 - TRACK 39)

(she sings)

True, in a world of change, love never waned

Though all around you falsehood reigned

Your heart, that can wait so long, with a love so strong

It can wait a thousand years

Now, I avow to you, he will rise once again

With a strength that no bond can hold

The sky, will be your domain, there you will reign

Born along as your wings unfold

Free, in mountain lair, on stormy sea, in misty morning field

Free, in silent peace, to shine a light, on a dark and cruel world

Now, you will triumph again, you will soar on the wind

And the angels will guide your wings

Now, once again you will fly together upon... the wings of love

Fly together upon ….the wings of love

(Music stops.

Downward spot and sound effects fade out.

Vka,

M.G.T.R. enter stage left)

RONNIE

Fgm! Thank goodness we've found you. Vka told us you would be in the wild wood.

FGM

My eagle Xanthea I have found

A thousand years she stayed around

This place.

MILLIE
Oh, isn't that beautiful. Only a female could stay so faithful.

TOOTSIE

Yes. If it had been a bloke he would have waited about five minutes then gone down the pub

RONNIE
Oh, that's not fair

GARRY

No. More like ten minutes

RONNIE
Yes. Ten minutes waiting for a bird. That's long enough, eh?

GARRY

Yes

TOOTSIE

Oh Fgm, we've got some amazing news

FGM

What's that?


TOOTSIE
Well, you know those big producers who came to see the show. They're going to sign us up now and as soon as we finish our exams we'll take the show all round the world and then we'll star in the film version.

FGM
That's wonderful.

RONNIE
Yes. We're going to Paris, Rome, New York - Broadway

VKA
Marvellous

GARRY
But guess where the tour is going to start

VKA

London? Los Angeles?

GARRY

No. Better that that

VKA

Where then?

M.G.T.R.

[LOCAL VILLAGE]! Hurray!

(Tootsie notices real magic wand on ground)

TOOTSIE

What's that sparkly thing?

(she goes and picks it up and gives it to Fgm)


FGM

Ooh, that looks familiar

I need a favour, will ya

Hold that for me

(Fgm gives the real magic wand back to Tootsie.

Vka and Fgm search in folds of Fgm's dress.

Vka pulls out wrong wand and holds it up against real magic wand held by Tootsie)

VKA

This is the real magic wand

(she takes it from Tootsie)

And this old twig you can chuck in the pond

(she throws wrong wand away)

MILLIE

But what about that magic spell

FGM

That I first put on you? Well

Without my proper magic wand, no spell.

VKA

No wand, no spell. It's the laws.

She could just as well have read the football scores

MILLIE

You mean, we produced that show without any magic, we did it by ourselves? The words, the songs, the music and dance?

FGM

You did it all, no help from me

But magic? Yes there was

Because, you made your own, you cast your spell, you made your mark

The magic that the sages tell is best by far

M.G.T.R.

Wow!

(M.G.T.R. do four part version of Garry and Ronnie's greeting routine)

VKA

Come on you lot. It's Aramides we must see

At last it's time to set him free

Let's all go to the great school field

(to M.G.T.R.)

Please fetch the others, their help we'll need

(They all exit.

Blackout OR close curtains

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ACT 2 SCENE 5 THE SCHOOL FIELD

All cast enter left and right

Spotlight on eagle Aramides.

Personal props: Fgm - bottle of white liquid with silver thread

book of spells, real magic wand

Griselda - black pot from stage right)

HM

(to Millie)

What's going on?

MILLIE

Hm, we need to let you into a little secret. These ladies are not our grandmothers, they're actually our Fgm and her friends, and they want to make some magic to bring the stone eagle to life.

HM

Magic? Are there any mushrooms involved in this?

MILLIE

No

HM

Oh. Shame. Never mind. You carry on and we'll help if we can, won't we?

ALL CAST

Yes!

FGM

Will you can help us, Griselda

Set free our eagle, Aramides

GRISELDA

With all my heart and soul I will

Help you to make the magic till

We set him free.

We'll need a pot

(A black pot comes on stage)

FGM

Where's that bottle of magic stuff

(she searches in folds of dress and finds it)

Here it is.

(She pours the white potion into the pot and stirs wand round in the pot)

That's enough.

VKA

First we stir and then we splash

(Fgm uses wand to splash liquid from pot onto eagle)

Now we'll give the spell a bash

(Fgm puts pot and wand down, then brings book out of pocket in dress.

Fgm and Griselda leaf through pages together, then point in the book)

FGM

That should do. Let's have a go.

Great stone eagle in a plight

GRISELDA

You can now take off this night

VKA

For a trip to the Isle of Wight

(Fgm waves her wand. Lots of bangs and crashes on drums. They all look up at eagle. Still there)

VKA

Well that did not go by the book

Let's have another look

(she looks in spell book)

Oo, it says here,

In the case of malfunction, spit out any chewing gum

(she checks round cast)

Anybody chewing any gum? (cast say - no, not me, shrug shoulders)

Welsh band member

'Oh sorry boyo, that'll be me, look you'

ALL CAST

(shout)

Well spit it out

(Band member - 'ok' - ting sound on symbol)

VKA

(to band)

What a bunch of nerds

FGM

(to cast)

We'll try some different words.

(music starts, theme from 'Wings of Love')

Mistress of the universe

The sacred home of birds

FGM AND GRISELDA

Summon all your mighty flock

Banish those who come to mock

FGM, GRISELDA AND VKA

Maker of the dream come true

Aramides will fly anew

(Raise eagle slowly to above line of sight from audience

Sound effect of flapping wings and bird call.

Music and sound effects fade out.

Happy reaction and cheers from everybody on stage.

Fgm gathers M.G.T.R. to her)

FGM

Our eagles reunited share

Once more their timeless love

And we must join them in their flight

We have so much to do. We'll start this night

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