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This piece was commissioned by Cabaret Mechanical Theatre,
scored by Matthew Robins, and performed by The Society of Wonders
in the Oxo Gallery.
 
 
 
 

THE FISHMONGER: AN AFFAIR.

by L H Trevail


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Mister Punch goes into the fishmongers.


Punch. Give me some fish, fishmonger. Bream.

Fishmonger. Bream. Aye. Bream.


He gives Punch a bream.


Punch. Gurnard.

Fishmonger. Aye. Gurnard.


He gives Punch a gurnard.


Fishmonger. Money.


Punch gives him money.


Punch. That's the way to do it.


He puts the money in the till.


Punch. Have you a lobster?

Fishmonger. Still in the sea the lobsters be.

Punch. Well, then. I'll send Judy in for one tomorrow. (Judy ah Judy, my lady wife and love.)

Fishmonger. Love. Ah. Love.


Punch leaves with his bream and gurnard.


The Fishmonger gets in a boat and pulls up a lobster pot with a lobster in.


He reattatches his boat and pulls a blanket over himself and goes to sleep.


He dreams of fish.


Title: THE NEXT DAY


The Fishmonger is in the shop.


Judy enters.


Judy. I've come for the lobster.

Fishmonger. Judy's lobster. Aye.


He gives the lobster to Judy. She gives him money.


Judy. Money.


Judy leaves.


Fishmonger. Aye. Judy's money...


He tucks the money under his pillow.


Title: THAT NIGHT.


In his boat, the Fishmonger dreams of fish and of Judy.


He wakes up.


Fishmonger. Love. Ah. Love.


He takes out Judy's money and looks at it.


Title: THE NEXT DAY


The Fishmonger is in his shop.


Enter Punch.


Punch. Give me some fish, fishmonger. Pike.


The Fishmonger hides the pike.


Fishmonger. Pike. No Pike.


Punch. Cod.


The Fishmonger hides the cod.


Fishmonger. Cod. No Cod.


He hides all the fish.


Fishmonger. No fish left. Send your wife tomorrow.


Mister Punch leaves.


The Fishmonger unties his boat and goes fishing for oysters.


He opens each one until he finds a pearl.


Fishmonger. Ah. Pearl.


He goes to sleep.


He dreams of Judy. No fish.


Title: THE NEXT DAY


He is in the shop.


Judy enters.


Judy. I've come for some fish.


Fishmonger. Judys fish. Aye. This way.


He leads Judy to the boat.


They go fishing.


Catch fish have a nice time.


Judy. What a lovely day.


Fishmonger. Lovely day. Lovely Judy. Lovely pearl..


He gives her the pearl.


Judy. O... what can this mean...


Fishmonger. Judy be mine. I am the gentle fishmonger.


Judy. No. Goodbye. Here is the money for the fish.


Fishmonger. Goodbye, mister punch's wife.


Judy leaves.


The Fishmonger sits awake in his boat, blanket wrapped around him.


The end.



 
This piece was commissioned by Cabaret Mechanical Theatre,
scored by Matthew Robins, and performed by The Society of Wonders
in the Oxo Gallery.
 
 
 
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