“Why . . . Nothing is certain when you’re about”

From an untitled event held in Belfast on 4th November, 2012. Written by Shirley McMillan (apologies to Samuel Beckett). Performed in three scenes by two characters playing a board game not entirely dissimilar to chess. Behind them was a screen on which ‘The Others’ interrupted the evening’s proceedings…

Scene 1

One:     God is now here
Two:     Do you remember the story?
One:     I don’t know.
Two:     Shall I tell it to you?
One:     I don’t know.
Two:     Two thieves, crucified at the same time as our Saviour. One—
One:     Our what?
Two:     Our Saviour. Two thieves.  One is supposed to have been saved, and the other . . .. damned.
One:     God is now here
Two:     God is nowhere
One:     Yes. God is now here.

Scene 2

One:     Ikon is now here
Two:     We came here yesterday.
One:     Ah no, there you’re mistaken.
Two:     What did we do yesterday?
One:     What did we do yesterday?!
Two:     Yes.
One:     Why . . . Nothing is certain when you’re about.
Two:     In my opinion we were here.
One:     Ikon is now here
Two:     Ikon is nowhere
One:     Yes. Ikon is now here

Scene 3

One:     We are now here
Two:     I can’t go on like this.
One:     That’s what you think.
Two:     If we parted? That might be better for us.
One:     We’ll hang ourselves tomorrow. (Pause.) Unless the other comes.
Two:     And if she comes?
One:     We’ll be saved.
Two:     Well? Shall we go?
One:     Yes, let’s go. We are now here
Two:     We are nowhere
One:     Yes. We are now here

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