The first fifteen minutes of a forty-five minute radio drama – a story about love, family and revenge.
SCENE 1 – PSYCHIARTRIST’S OFFICE.
SFX: KNOCKING ON THE DOOR.
PSYCHIATRIST: Come in.
SFX: CHARLIE ENTERS AND SITS DOWN. THE CHAIR
SCREECHES. PSYCHIATRIST CLEARS HER THROAT AND
SHUFFLES HER PAPERWORK.
PSYCHIATRIST: Charlotte Snow?
SFX: PSYCHIATRIST PLACES PAPERWORK ON THE DESK AND
STANDS UP TO SHAKE CHARLIE’S HAND.
KATHERINE: I’m Dr Cole. Call me Katherine. Take a seat,
CHARLIE (quietly): Thanks.
KATHERINE: Charlie, I’m here for you to talk to in
confidence. My job is to listen, to help you
learn coping strategies for everyday life.
SFX: CLOCK TICKING.
KATHERINE: Have you had any therapy before?
KATHERINE: Don’t worry about it, Charlie. Usually the
program takes around 4-6 weeks depending on the
individual. The point of all of this is to help
you come up with an anger plan, and learn some
relaxation techniques so that, when faced
with a difficult situation, you’ll be more equip
to dealing with it. Does that sound okay?
KATHERINE: I understand how you might be feeling. The first
sessions are always difficult.
CHARLIE (angrily): You’ve no idea how I ‘might’ be feelin’. I
shouldn’t even be ‘ere. In fact, tell me, ‘doc’,
what would ya’ do if, for no reason whatsoever,
some arsehole starts givin’ ya’ grief? I was
just mindin’ me own business. She deserved what
KATHERINE: This is why we’re here, Charlie. It’s for us to
discuss how you can handle these situations
without resorting to… violence. The last thing we
want is you getting in any kind of trouble.
Surely, we can give it a try?
KATHERINE: Charlie, could you tell me a little bit about
what was going through your mind?
CHARLIE: What, when I…
KATHERINE: Yes, if you can.
CHARLIE: I was thinkin’ ‘you’re scum’ and ‘maybe
you’ll think twice before coming back.’
KATHERINE: Do you think she will?
CHARLIE: She’s addicted to causing trouble.
KATHERINE: You talk like you know this woman.
KATHERINE: Do you?
CHARLIE (loudly): Ya’ know, I really can’t be arsed to go into
that. Besides, it’s got jack all to do with you.
SFX: CLOCK TICKING.
KATHERINE: Would you say you’re feeling angry now?
CHARLIE: I’m feelin’ something.
KATHERINE (optimistically): Maybe we can try some relaxation
CHARLIE (sarcastically): Go on then; work ya’ magic.
KATHERINE: Okay, Charlie. Good. Right… I want you
to pay attention to how anger feels in
your body. Use two fingers. Feel for
CHARLIE: And what’s that gonna do?
SFX: CHARLIE LETS OUT A BIG SIGH.
KATHERINE: Mine feels steady. How about yours?
CHARLIE (sarcastically): To tell ya’ the truth, I check it quite
often – I’m sure I’ll notice a
SFX: CHARLIE BEGINS PACING AROUND THE ROOM.
KATHERINE: Good; that’s good.
CHARLIE (OFF): What is? The fact I can walk?
KATHERINE: Your anger builds and so does your need
to walk – to release the negative
CHARLIE (OFF): Jee-sus.
SFX: CHARLIE WALKS BACK TO HER SEAT AND SITS
CHARLIE: So, are you actually tryna piss me
KATHERINE: No, Charlie. I want you to notice your
own personal… warning signs if you like.
This will help you control them before
it gets out of hand.
CHARLIE: What a crock.
KATHERINE: Maybe next time you find yourself
pacing, you could stop.
KATHERINE: Stop, sit down and slowly count to
CHARLIE: Count to ten?
KATHERINE: Yes, this will give your body time to
CHARLIE: Fine, I’ll try it. Can I go now?
KATHERINE: These sessions are recommended to last
at least an hour.
KATHERINE: Yes, but you, Charlie… you’re required
to sit 3 hours of anger management a
CHARLIE: This is worse than prison.
KATHERINE (sternly): Prison could be an alternative.
CHARLIE (whispering to self): One… two… three…
SFX: KATHERINE OPENS HER NOTEBOOK AND
BEGINS TO TAKE NOTES.
CHARLIE: What’re ya’ writing?
KATHERINE: Oh, just some notes on the session.
KATHERINE: To refer back to in future sessions.
It’s more for me, to help me remember.
CHARLIE: So you think I’m coming back?
KATHERINE: I like to think you will, Charlie.
SFX: KATHERINE CLOSES HER NOTEBOOK.
CHARLIE’S FOOT IS TAPPING ON THE
KATHERINE: So, Charlie, what are your days like,
KATHERINE: What are your days like? What would
you normally be doing on a Friday?
CHARLIE: Erm… I have uni. Well, I should.
KATHERINE: Oh, excellent. What do you study? Do
you enjoy it?
CHARLIE: Well it’s somethin’ to do.
KATHERINE: Nice. And you manage your classes
okay? No trouble with other students,
lecturers? Those kind of things?
CHARLIE: Wow… you’re so quick to judge, aren’t
CHARLIE: No. Nothin’ like that.
KATHERINE: If it’s alright with you, Charlie, I’d
like to read you a list of scenario’s,
or different situations you might find
yourself in – if you like. Could you
maybe respond with a number from 1-10,
telling me roughly how angry these
situations would make you feel. This is
with 10 being very angry.
CHARLIE: Go on then.
KATHERINE: Great. Here’s the first scenario. Close
your eyes if you like and get
comfortable. I’d like you to try and
imagine this playing out in your mind if
SFX: CHARLIE LEANS BACK IN HER CHAIR.
KATHERINE: Okay, Charlie. It’s an ordinary day;
you’re at a restaurant with a friend. You
both ordered your food a while ago and
you notice other customers have received
their orders, despite them arriving later
than you. How do you feel?
KATHERINE: Could you describe how severely annoyed
you are using the scale?
KATHERINE: Okay, good. Your food has finally
arrived. Both you and your friend are
very hungry by now, but your food is
cold. How do you feel?
KATHERINE: You also notice that the order is
completely wrong. It isn’t what you
ordered at all. How about now?
KATHERINE: The waiter is understanding, apologizes
to you both and goes to find out what has
happened to your order. How about now,
KATHERINE: Another waiter returns, explains that
your order will be remade and will be
on the house. However, he fails to
apologize or reason with you. In fact, he
is simply being rude.
KATHERINE: Okay, Charlie. Open your eyes. Well done.
CHARLIE (sarcastically): How’d I do, ‘doc’? Am I crazy?
KATHERINE: There’s no such thing as crazy.
SFX: CHARLIE SNIGGERS.
KATHERINE: I think, in certain aspects, your
responses were… normal. You felt annoyed
at first, gradually becoming angrier as
your order arrived late and cold. As
expected, when the first waiter
apologized, your anger level dropped, and
rose again when the second waiter started
CHARLIE: Spit it out then. What’s wrong with me?
KATHERINE: I think what separates you, Charlie, with
someone who is more in control of their
anger is that… you reached number ten.
KATHERINE: Food arriving late, people being rude to
you. These, sadly, are everyday things.
What we need to do now, is discuss how we
can tackle these everyday annoyances
without reaching number ten. Does that
make sense, Charlie?
CHARLIE: Mm. So what now?
KATHERINE: If it’s alright with you, I’d like to go
back for a minute and talk about Miss
CHARLIE: No, no, no. I don’t want to talk about
KATHERINE: It’s just, it’s the reason you’re here,
you see. You talk as if you’ve had
problems with her before. Maybe, if you’re
forced to see this person often, talking
about it will help.
CHARLIE (angrily): How would it?!
KATHERINE: Well, we can discuss an anger management
plan to deal with specific triggers – Miss
Richardson being one of them.
CHARLIE: She was my girlfriend.
KATHERINE: Oh. Okay. So… you two split up?
CHARLIE: You could say that… you could say that she
was screwing my brother behind my back the
KATHERINE: That’s tough, Charlie. I…
CHARLIE (sarcastically): I know what ya’ gonna’ say. ‘It’s an
everyday situation, Charlie, you’ll learn
how to deal with it.’ Well it wasn’t every
day for me, was it?! She was my god damn
world – my bloody world. How could she do
that? Why would he do that, to me? I gave
up everything for her. My entire family
turned their back on me for coming out, but
I didn’t care. I… loved her. I was only
fifteen and I was on the streets, until…
KATHERINE: Charlie, calm down. Until?
SFX: CHARLIE PACES THE ROOM, BANGING THE WALL A
CHARLIE (shouting): Until Jacob said I could go and live with
him. Little did I know this was so he could
get into Debbie’s pants. How could they do
So I left… found work in a crappy old café
and squatted for a while until I could
afford a shitty old flat of my own. Hadn’t
seen either of them in years… then I saw
that cow. I just… flipped. I don’t know
what came over me. I just lost it. She came
over and hugged me, asking me what I’d been
up to and that… I just flipped. Now, I’m in
KATHERINE: You’re lucky she isn’t pressing charges.
Thank you for sharing that with me
Charlie, I understand how tough all of this
must have been.
CHARLIE (crying): No, you don’t. You should have seen her
face, how I left her. I’m a monster. I had
her throat in my hands… I couldn’t stop
hitting her. I thought I was going to kill
KATHERINE: This is good. It’s good to let these
CHARLIE: What is wrong with me? It wasn’t… me.
KATHERINE: Charlie, could you tell me a little bit
more about your brother?
CHARLIE: Uh… what do you want to know?
SFX: BRIEF SILENCE. KATHERINE STANDS UP AND
QUICKLY LEAVES THE ROOM. SILENCE AGAIN.
CHARLIE: Katherine? Where… where you going?
SFX: CHARLIE STANDS UP AND FOLLOWS KATHERINE
INTO THE CORRIDOR.
CHARLIE: Kath… Katherine, what’s going on? You look
like you’ve seen a ghost…
KATHERINE: I’m sorry, Charlie. I… I just feel a bit
sick. That’s about it for this session
though, well done. Well done.
CHARLIE: Alright… you sure you’re…
KATHERINE: I’m fine. I’m fine. We’ll pick up on Friday
and talk more about Jake. Jacob, sorry.
CHARLIE: It’s alright, I always called him Jake
anyways, he preferred it because… wait, a
second. How did you know I called him Jake?
KATHERINE (flustered): I didn’t, sorry, just… see you next time
KATHERINE: Oh cut the crap. What is it?
KATHERINE: We better go back in.
SFX: KATHERINE AND CHARLIE BOTH ENTER THE OFFICE
AND SIT DOWN.
CHARLIE: Well? How did you know I…
KATHERINE: Because I, also, call him Jake.
CHARLIE: You what?
KATHERINE: Jake, Jacob Snow? Thirty-one, from Heanor?
CHARLIE: How do you know that?
SFX: KATHERINE SWIVELS ROUND A PHOTO FRAME.
CHARLIE SHOOTS UP FROM HER CHAIR.
CHARLIE: Why have you got a picture of him?
CHARLIE: Answer me!
KATHERINE: Because he’s my fiancée, Charlie.
CHARLIE: Sweet Jesus… of course he is!
KATHERINE: Charlie, I’m so sorry. I… I didn’t even
know Jake had a sister.
CHARLIE: Well of course you wouldn’t – it’s hardly a
topic to bring up over polite dinner
conversation is it?
KATHERINE: I suppose not…
CHARLIE: Did I mention we were fifteen? Fifteen? Did
I mention he was twenty-five?
CHARLIE: Well that’s just grand, isn’t it? Have a
happy life, tell him I said hi!
SCENE 2 – TOWN CENTRE
SFX: CHARLIE STORMS OUT OF THE ROOM AND INTO THE
STREET. WALLA WALLA. CARS ARE DRIVING BY.
ONE CAR HONKS THE HORN.PEOPLE ARE WALKING
KATHERINE: Wait! Charlie, wait!
CHARLIE: What do you want?
KATHERINE (panting): Slow down, please. We should talk about
CHARLIE: I’m going home.
KATHERINE: I’ll come too.
CHARLIE: Usually, people visit out of invitation.
KATHERINE: This is important, Charlie. For both of us…
CHARLIE (panting) Too bad. That part of my life is over… and
he’s dead to me. Leave me alone.
KATHERINE: Charlie, suddenly the man I love, my
everything, is not to be trusted and… yes,
I’m scared. I don’t understand any of this.
Why not… why not come and get coffee?
Please, I’ll pay, I… I just need to make
sense of this.
CHARLIE (sarcastically): You want to talk to me about my most
painful experiences, over coffee? A coffee
date? (fine, I guess it’s only fair…)
SCENE 3: COFFEE SHOP
SFX: WALLA WALLA.PEOPLE EATING/DRINKING.
KATHERINE: So, they were sleeping together the entire
CHARLIE: Yeah, tragic isn’t it?
SFX: CHARLIE SLURPS HER COFFEE AND PLACES HER
MUG BACK ON THE TABLE.
KATHERINE: What happened when, you found out? How did
you find out?
CHARLIE: I came home, of course they
were… they were in bed. My bed. Of course,
at first they didn’t know what to say…
except they’re sorry and that they didn’t
plan for this, it sort of just happened.
All that shit.
KATHERINE: And you?
CHARLIE: I left. Apparently, they were ‘in love’ so
they stayed together. It didn’t work out
obviously because… here you are.
SFX: CHARLIE KNOCKS OVER HER CUP OF COFFEE.
CHARLIE: Shit! SO whilst analysing me, did you
manage to pick up on my clumsiness?
KATHERINE (chuckling): Must have missed that one.
CHARLIE: Excuse me, sorry, could we get a cloth or
WAITRESS: Sure, certainly.
SFX: WAITRESS RETURNS WITH CLOTH AND WIPES UP
KATHERINE: Gosh, what am I going to do? What am I
going to say to him?
CHARLIE: Well… I think you know what I’m gonna’ say.
KATHERINE: Of course. Run! Get away while you can, he
is a complete arsehole – not to be trusted.
But, can’t everyone make mistakes?
CHARLIE: Most definitely.
CHARLIE: Both. But I guess my brother could use a
good woman to steer him in the right
direction. If he treats you wrong, then
KATHERINE: … Thank you, Charlie.
CHARLIE: He better not.
KATHERINE: Would you consider meeting him? Well, seeing
him I mean?
CHARLIE: I… can’t. History could repeat itself.
KATHERINE: Charlie, I’m hardly ‘qualified’ to speak for
him but, the Jake I know, wouldn’t do
anything like that again.
CHARLIE: No, but I might.
SFX: CHARLIE KISSES KATHERINE.
KATHERINE: Charlie, I…
CHARLIE: I should be getting back.
KATHERINE: Getting back home, or getting back at Jake?
CHARLIE (chuckles): How is it you can read me so well?
KATHERINE: I can’t.
CHARLIE: Can’t kiss me again, or can’t figure me out?
CHARLIE: Thank you for seeing me, Dr. Cole.