SCENE 5: THE LETTER - HARP HILL (CONT'D)

                                        Same day. Penny is leant against
                                        the wall reading her letter, other
                                        students are buzzing around. Harry
                                        approaches.

                              HARRY
                Here she is! Queen Mayor of Team Vibrator!

                                        Karen laughs and snorts.

                              PENNY
                Fuck off Harry.

                              HARRY
                Oooo! Feeling a little tense are we or is it
                just that time of the month?
                 

                              PENNY
                Go away Harry.

                              HARRY
                What are you reading?

                              PENNY
                I said, go away.

                                        He snatches the letter out of her
                                        hand. She panics and tries to
                                        snatch it back off him but he
                                        won't let her. He stands on a
                                        chair and starts to read, as he
                                        does so a crowd gathers and he
                                        sends up the impersonation, the
                                        crowd egg him on.

                              HARRY
                Karen, do that thing you do.

                              KAREN
                What thing?

                              HARRY
                You know, the whistle thing you do.

                              KAREN
                What?

                              HARRY
                Fucking hell, never mind. Everyone/listen up,
                I've...

                              KAREN
                /OH!!

                                        She remembers what he means and
                                        interrupts him with a giant
                                        whistle.

                              HARRY
                            (Sotto, to Karen)
                Not now Karen! Fuck sake.
                            (Back out to the gathering crowd)
                I've got a little something I'd like to read
                you all...
                            (He starts reading Penny's letter)
                'Our dear Penny...' awwww.

                              KAREN
                Awwww!

                              PENNY
                What are you doing?! Give it back!

                              HARRY
                We hope that everything is going well with your
                studies - we trust that it is.' Listen to this!

                              PENNY
                Harry!

                              HARRY
                'We just wanted to let you know that something
                has come up' - come up! Go on Mr Hart! That's
                his penis, obviously - 'something has come up
                with your Father's work which means we won't be
                able to make it back to see you this Summer,' -
                Awww sad - 'good luck with your little
                presentation this week, Lots of love, Mummy and
                Daddy'.

                                        Penny is clearly upset and
                                        humiliated.

                              PENNY
                Give it back.

                              HARRY
                Savage. That is absolutely savage. Even your
                own parents don't like you.

                              PENNY
                Please Harry!

                              HARRY
                Oh well, seeing as you said 'please' so very
                nicely...

                                        He slowly tears the letter up in
                                        front of her, the crowd laugh etc
                                        Penny is shell-shocked.

                              HARRY
                What is it like to be so fucking lonely? Oh
                shit, no I forgot, you've got your friends
                Captain shit head and vice-captain shrew dick
                looking after you. Absolutely tragic. Don't
                forget to wipe their bums after they've shat
                themselves in front of the whole school
                tomorrow.

                              KAREN
                Whoop!

                              HARRY
                What are you doing Karen?

                                        They exit, the crowd disperse
                                        leaving Penny alone. She leans
                                        back against the wall trying to
                                        process everything. Maybe she
                                        tries to pick up the pieces of the
                                        letter. Anjali has seen everything
                                        and approaches Penny.

                              ANJALI
                Are you OK?

                              PENNY
                I'm fine.

                              ANJALI
                He's a knob. Excuse my French.

                              PENNY
                I know, it's fine. I'm fine.

                                        Anjali tries to help Penny gather
                                        some of the torn up pieces of
                                        letter.

                              PENNY
                You don't need to...just leave me alone.

                              ANJALI
                It's alright, if you ever need to talk then
                just/

                              PENNY
                /I don't need your help Anjali and you are not
                my friend, we were just put in the same shitty
                fucking team.

                              ANJALI
                Oh. I see.

                                        Anjali exits, trying to hide her
                                        upset.

                              PENNY
                Anjali, wait, I'm...

                                        Penny is also upset at herself for
                                        reacting the way she did. She
                                        picks up her scraps of letter and
                                        begins walking, the school day is
                                        going on around her slowly,
                                        everything stripped of colour
                                        until the chorus which bursts into
                                        life before retreating back to
                                        monochrome for the verses.

           



                              PENNY
            I HAD A VISION IN MY MIND,
            A DESTINY TO FIND,
            BUT I CAN'T MOVE FORWARD
            AND I CAN'T REWIND.
            I LIVE IN THIS STATE,
            THEY'VE SEALED MY FATE,
            WE'RE BOUND AND WE'RE SHACKLED,
            BY THE WORLDS WE CREATE.
            SO MY LIFE HAS BEEN DECIDED,
            AND HERE I HAVE TO STAY,
            'CAUSE NO MATTER WHAT I WISH FOR,
            I'LL NEVER HAVE MY SAY.
            SO THE CANVAS SITS UNPAINTED,
            AND THE PICTURE'S NEVER DONE,
            'CAUSE THE CLOUD THAT LOOMS ABOVE
            IS ALWAYS BLOCKING OUT THE SUN.

                                        Chorus
            AND I KNOW,
            THERE'S CHAMBERS OF THE HEART THAT NEVER GROW,
            AND I'M SURE,
            THE FUTURE'S COLOURED BY WHAT WENT BEFORE,
            AND IF ALL THAT IS LEFT,
            IS TO FILL ANOTHER DAY, WELL, I'LL SIT AND I'LL WAIT,
            AS EVERY COLOUR FADES TO GREY.

                                        Verse.
            I MADE A FORTRESS ROUND MY HEART,
            BEFORE THE WAR COULD START,
            IT SHIELDS AND IT TRAPS ME,
            IT SETS ME APART.
            SO I CAN BE MEAN,
            AND NEVER BE SEEN,
            ALONE IN MY TOWER,
            WHERE I AM THE QUEEN.
            SO I'M STUCK IN THIS POSITION,
            OF STASIS ON MY THRONE,
            WHERE THE HOPE THAT LIVES INSIDE ME
            IS FESTERING ALONE,
            AND UNTIL I FIND THE KEY
            THAT MIGHT ALLOW ME SOME CONTROL,
            EVERY BARRICADE I BUILD
            IS CRUELLY RIPPING AT MY SOUL,

                                        Chorus.
            AND I KNOW,
            THERE'S CHAMBERS OF THE HEART THAT NEVER GROW,
            AND I'M SURE,
            THE FUTURE'S COLOURED BY WHAT WENT BEFORE,
            AND IF ALL THAT IS LEFT,
            IS TO FILL ANOTHER DAY, WELL, I'LL SIT AND I'LL WAIT,
            AS EVERY COLOUR FADES... AND IM SURE...
            AND IF ALL THAT IS LEFT IS TO FILL ANOTHER DAY,
            THEN I'LL SIT AND I'LL WAIT,
            AS EVERY COLOUR FADES TO GREY...
            AS EVERY COLOUR FADES TO GREY.

                                        End of song.

4. Fade To Grey