Marie - Madeleine FOURCADE
Lycée Général et Technologique
Gardanne
 

Wedding project

mardi 29 mars 2016, par Mme Blanc, professeur d’histoire géographie EMC

Les élèves de Terminale L, guidés par l’assistante d’anglais Nadrah Mohammed, et leur professeur d’anglais, Mme Terran, ont inventé une pièce de théâtre dans la langue de Shakespeare, et l’ont présentée à la classe de 1eL, ainsi qu’à la direction du lycée. Le public a été conquis par cette histoire rocambolesque, entre mélo, empoisonnement et drame burlesque, où il est lui-même pris à partie dans une enquête policière qu’Agatha Christie n’aurait pas reniée...


Voici le texte original :


WEDDING PROJECT

ACT I :

Scene 1 :

Guests come into the dining room, look for their place.
ANDY (to Fiona)Where’s my brother ?
FIONA : Well, you know my husband, he’s late, as usual.
SARAH : Honey, I’d like to talk to you if you don’t mind... (Andy nods) Excuse us. (they stand up and go to the front of the table) Uhm, I didn’t want to tell you because I had doubts, but since yesterday I’ve known for sure... I’m...
ANDY : What’s going on,... are you OK ?
SARAH : Yeah !... I think... I’m pregnant. (Léo comes in and hears the conversation, he coughs and spits what he was drinking) Aren’t you happy ?
ANDY : Yeah sure ! Uhm,... it’s just... I wasn’t prepared for that...
SARAH (after a few seconds) : OK, well... I think we mustn’t make them wait any longer.
(Sarah comes back to her place but Andy stops at Léo’s chair)
ANDY : Hey brother, late even tonight, are you ?
LEO : Sorry bro...
CAMILLE (drunk) : Ladies and gentlemen, family and friends, we are gathered here today to witness and celebrate the union of my new daughter in law Sarah and my son Andy in marriage. In the years they have been together, they have fought against the infertility of my son ; their love and understanding of each other has grown and matured, and now they have decided to live their life together as husband and wife.
SARAH (ill at ease) : Thank you very much.
ANDY (hugs his mother, but poker face) : Thank you mum.
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Scene 2 :

CAMILLE : I think it’s time to have to have a drink !
ANDY : Mom, I think you’ve drunk enough already...
CAMILLE : Oh don’t worry son ! I know my limits !
(Marianne serves the champagne)
(Sarah gives her glass to Andy, but he already has one and passes it to Léo. Léo drinks it down in one gulp.)

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Scene 3 :

JEANNE : Sarah and Andy have chosen you, those special and important to them, to witness and celebrate the beginning of their life together. Today, as we create this marriage, we also create a new bond and new sense of family - one that will undoubtedly include all who are present here today. So congratulations to my best friend and Andy. (Sarah hugs her)
ANDY : Leo, can I talk to you for a second ?
SARAH : Stop ! wait a minute... where are you going ?!
ANDY : I’ll be back... (they go to the toilet)
Leo, I don’t know what’s going on, she told me she was pregnant !
LEO : Who ?
ANDY : Sarah ! My wife ! Who else ?! It’s impossible, I mean... I’m infertile, I can’t have children !
LEO : I... I don’t know...
ANDY : Well you know what that means, I can’t be the father… That means there’s another guy !
LEO : I really don’t know what to say...
ANDY : Okay, never mind, I’ll figure it out… (Andy join the others) Are you coming ?
LEO : I’ll be back in a second...

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Scene 4 :

(Andy comes back without his bro)
FIONA (tapping a spoon on her glass) : My husband and I would like to make a toast ! (to Andy) Where’s Léo ??
ANDY : He’s in the bathroom, he’s coming...
FIONA : Anyway... (reading her speech) I met Andy and Sarah through my beloved husband -who, by the way, is in the bathroom. Actually, Sarah is an old friend of Leo’s. But this is the past and now we are gathered to witness the marriage of Andy and Sarah, a marriage in the name of love. But when you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. Such is an impossibility, and even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the decline and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We jump at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its decline. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity ; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in faithfulness. I wish you all the best and hope you live happily ever after. (smile, pause) And I know it’s a wedding but, please beware of alcohol.
(Andy looks at Sarah as if he has understood, but she looks away and seems uncomfortable)

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Act II :

Scene 1 :

JEANNE (to Sarah) : Are you ok ?
SARAH : Well, I think...
JEANNE : after that speech ? I don’t like her, how dare she insult you at your own wedding ? Who does she think she is (looking at Fiona) ? As if she had all the knowledge in the world, pff “please beware of alcohol”. Don’t need to be a doctor to know that !
SARAH : She’s strange, don’t pay attention to her.
CAMILLE (still drunk) : Enough toasts, enough speeches, I think it’s time to bring what everybody’s waiting for : the wedding cake !
(the wedding cake is brought, the bride and the groom slice the cake, then everybody is served)

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Scene 2 :

FIONA (to Camille) : Where’s Léo ?
CAMILLE (eating) : I don’t know my dear, he’s never here when we need him !
ANDY : He was supposed to join us...
FIONA : I’m gonna find him !
CAMILLE (with her glass of champagne) : I’ll go with you !
(they go to the bathroom. After a few seconds the guests hear a scream and a glass breaking)
SARAH : Did you hear that ?
JEANNE (to Sarah and Andy) : I’m going to see what’s happening, just stay here...
SARAH : I have a bad feeling about this, do you think it’s something serious ?
ANDY : I don’t know, maybe it’s a prank... by the way, what about you ? is it a joke or you’re really pregnant ?
(Sarah is about to answer but Jeanne is coming)

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Scene 3 :

(Jeanne comes back worried)
SARAH : So where is he ?
ANDY : Did you find Leo ?
JEANNE : I have to tell you something very...
ANDY : He went outside, didn’t he ?
JEANNE : No, you better sit down, it’s serious...
(Camille comes back crying and Fiona is shocked)
CAMILLE : Oh my God ! He’s dead ! My poor son is dead !
SARAH (to Jeanne) : This isn’t true, is it !?... I mean, she’s drunk...
ANDY (going to Camille) : Are you sure ?
CAMILLE : Go and see for yourself if you don’t believe me ! (Andy goes to the bathroom) And stop treating me like I’m an alcoholic !
SARAH : Please Jeanne ! Tell me it’s not real, it can’t be ! (she faints)
JEANNE : Calm down, breathe... (out loud) Someone call the police !

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Scene 4 :

(Sarah is still crying, Jeanne is by her side, Camille sits crying, Fiona is trying to calm everybody.)
JEANNE : Calm down, ... are the police coming (to Marianne) ?
MARIANNE : Yeah they are coming...
(The policemen arrive, a folder in their arm)
MARION AND ELOISE : Everyone be calm, please ! We’re special agent Descroix and special agent Juvenal. We have to examine the body to determine the cause of...
FIONA (standing up) : He died of a heart attack !
ELOISE : Excuse me, who are you ?
FIONA : My name is Fiona Darwin House of Wood, I’m his wife, and I’m a doctor ! He died of a heart attack, there’s no need to examine his body.
MARION : Sorry ma’am but it’s the procedure. (they go to the bathroom)
(Andy and Jeanne help Sarah stand up, and they sit down waiting for the agents)

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Act III :

Scene 1 :

(The agents come back)
ELOISE : Ladies and gentlemen, we have a problem, it seems that Mr Darwin House of Wood didn’t die of a heart attack, but he was poisoned.
MARION : And apparently it was a very strong poison that could kill someone very rapidly.
CAMILLE : Leo would never poison himself ! He was not insane !
ELOISE : That is why we think that someone killed him.
SARAH (still crying with Fiona) : Who would do such a thing !?
MARION : This is what we want to find out. Did anybody leave during the dinner ?
JEANNE : No, no one went out, all the guests stayed here (looking at the guests).
(the agents look at each other)
MARION : We think the murderer is among you, so we’re going to follow the procedure : nobody leaves the room.
ELOISE : We have to question every single guest, we’ll begin with the people who discovered the body.
MARION : And those closest to the victim.

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Scene 2 :

MARION (to Jeanne) : Do you know who discovered the body ?
JEANNE : Yeah, I was one of them, there was also Camille, Leo’s mother...
MARION : Alright, follow me, please, I have a few questions... Agent Descroix, please come with the mother. (they sit down on chairs separated by a table)
ELOISE : Ma’am you discovered the body, please follow me.
CAMILLE : I was not alone, Fiona was also with me !
ELOISE : The wife ? Alright, we’ll question her after the bride and the groom (they sit down). So, could you please relate how you discovered the body ?
JEANNE : We were waiting for Leo, but he was not coming.
CAMILLE (aggrieved) : So Fiona and I decided to go and look for him. We went to the bathroom and saw him laying on the floor. Fiona checked the pulse and she found him dead.
JEANNE : We heard the sound of a glass breaking, and I ran to see what it was.
MARION : Did you see anything strange during the dinner ?
CAMILLE : Like what ?
ELOISE : I don’t know, maybe someone who had a strange behaviour !
JEANNE AND CAMILLE ( looking at each other) : No, we didn’t see anything strange

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Scene 3 :

ELOISE (to Sarah) : Mrs I have to ask you a few questions.
ANDY : Can’t you see she’s not well ?
ELOISE : Then go with her.
ANDY : ... is that really necessary ?
MARION : Yes, sir, I know it’s difficult, but we have to.
ANDY (to Sarah) : Sweetheart...(holding her face in his hands) You heard the agent, you only have to tell the truth.
(Sarah stands up and they sit down on the chairs, Andy grabs Sarah’s hand)
ELOISE : So you’re the brother of the victim (to Andy), but what about you (to Sarah) ? I guess you met Leo after your husband ?
SARAH : Actually, Leo and I met at college, I met Andy after.
ELOISE : So how were you related ? Were you close ?
SARAH : He was a friend...
ELOISE : Are you sure he was not more than a friend ?
SARAH : What do you mean "more than a friend" ?
ANDY (looking at Sarah) : Tell her, he is the other guy, your lover.
SARAH (nodding and crying) : I’m so sorry... (Andy releases her hand) It was finished before you asked me to marry you, I swear !
(the agents write things in their folder)
ANDY : You cheated on me.
SARAH : It was after we broke up, I was alone, I didn’t know what to do, I swear it was finished when you came back to me !
ANDY : It doesn’t change anything ! You’re pregnant and my brother is the father !
MARION : Wait a minute, it will not work if you are having an argument !
ELOISE : Yes, we’d better question the wife first (to Marion). You can go (to Andy and Sarah).
(Sarah and Andy stand up)

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Scene 4 :

(Eloise and Marion whisper and write things in their folder)
SARAH : please, Andy let me explain !
ANDY : I don’t need your explanations !
(they sit down)
SARAH : You said it was for better and for worst, well here we are, we’ll get through this !
ANDY : I don’t think there’s a "we" any more.
ELOISE (to Fiona) : Miss follow me please.
FIONA (nervous) : I don’t want to, he was my husband, how would I do that ?
ELOISE : Refusing to answer the questions is a sign of guilt, maybe you prefer to be questioned at the station ?
FIONA : No, it’s just... I’m so shocked,...
ELOISE : With all due respect Miss, everybody is.
(Fiona follows the agent)
MARION : When and where did you see your husband, Leo, the last time ?
FIONA : I saw him before my speech, when we served the champagne.
ELOISE : Did you know about Sarah and Leo’s affair ?
FIONA : WHAAAAAT ? (lying) They had an affair ?
MARION : Are you sure you didn’t know ?
FIONA : No, I mean yes I did not know ! But, why do I have to talk with you ? I’m his wife, it can’t be me who killed Leo.
ELOISE : Are you sure that you’re a doctor ?
FIONA : What do you mean ?
MARION : You said he died of a heart attack, but...
ELOISE : He was poisoned.
FIONA : How can you know that ?
MARION : There was some residue around his mouth.
FIONA : That’s im possible because the poison was in the champagne.
(Marion and Eloise exchange glances)
MARION AND ELOISE : You should call your lawyer.

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(All the characters freeze. Sarah , Andy and Fiona argue to prove their innocence)
ANDY : I’m 100% sure it’s Fiona. It makes no sense Sarah would kill him since apparently they were closer that I thought and it was my brother, I mean..., how could I do that ? I grew up with him ! Anyway I had just discovered their relationship when Fiona decided to kill him... SHE knew before.
SARAH : I would never never do that, why would I kill the father of my child ? And I don’t think Fiona could ever kill her own husband. I really think it could be Andy, since Leo always had all the attention as the eldest and the heir of the family fortune. So when Andy discovered that I cheated on him, it was the straw that broke the camel’s back .
FIONA : I am the victim ! I have no reason to kill my husband but I know Sarah has one. She has always been interested in the money, first she slept with MY husband but it wasn’t enough. So she decided to kill him so that she and Andy could have the family fortune.
(the guests choose who is the murderer)

 
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