Bang, Bang ~ Scene 4-6

Characters

Jasmine

Bill

Trigger warnings: Domestic abuse and swearing.

The play is designed to be on a proscenium stage. The stage is split into three rooms: ‘bedroom’, ‘kitchen’ and ‘living room’. Stage left should be the bedroom, stage right should be the living room and centre stage should be the kitchen. 

A dash (-) means that characters are cutting each other off within speech

Stage directions are written in italics and Character names are written in bold. If there is a specific direction for how a character says their line it’ll be written in square brackets ([ ]).

If a word is in underlined during a part of speech, then there is emphasis on that word.

Actors will be playing their characters younger and older selves throughout the play- these will be indicated by slight costume changes or hair changes which will be noted in the stage directions.

Run time: around 20 minutes

Scene 6

Lights up.
Jasmine is in her 30s in this scene.

She stands in the bedroom staring at a suitcase. She is wearing a nude lipstick, a blazer and a short wig.

Jasmine: Bang, bang. He shot me down.

Jasmine puts clothing into the suitcase.

Bang, bang. I hit hit the ground.

She keeps adding more clothes.

Bang, bang. That awful sound.

She puts an object into the suitcase.

Bang, bang. My my my baby shot me down.

Bill walks in with a white vest on which has food down it. He wears a blue shirt over it, but it’s unbuttoned. He looks at the suitcase.

Bill: Is this because of?

Jasmine: No.

Bill: Liar.

Jasmine: I’m not.

Bill: Liar.

Jasmine: I’m not.

Bill: Liar.

Jasmine: Stop.

Pause.

Bill: You know I only did it because I love you.

Pause.

You’re being a bit dramatic darling, why don’t we talk about this properly?

Jasmine goes to hit Bill, but Bill catches her hand. Bill exits the stage and Jasmine removes the clothes from the suitcase.

Jasmine: Bang, bang. He shot me down

Jasmine starts to put the clothes back into the suitcase.

Jasmine: Bang, Bang. He shot me down. He shot. He shot. He shot me down. He shot. Bang. He shot. He sh. Shhhhot.

Jasmine puts everything else back into the suitcase. Bill re-enters. He looks at the suitcase.

Bill: You leaving?

Jasmine:  Yes.

Bill: Is this because of?

Jasmine: Partly.

Bill: Partly?

Jasmine: Partly.

Bill: Partly?

Jasmine: Partly.

Bill: Partly?

Jasmine: That’s what I said. Partly.

Jasmine zips up the suitcase and pulls it off the bed.

Bill: Partly?

Jasmine: Are you broken? Yes. Partly.

Bill: I should never have married you.

Jasmine: I’m surprised that you did.

Bill: You’re not leaving me. You’re not allowed to.

Jasmine: … Shut up.

Bill: Hideous. Disgusting. Stupid. Idiot.

Jasmine:  Bang. Bang. Bang. Ba. Ba. Ban. Ng.

Jasmine looks at her suitcase as if she had forgotten what she was going to do. She then realises and looks at him.

I’m leaving.

Bill: You’ve got nowhere to go. No one loves you. No one cares about you. I’m the only one who knows you. I’m the only one who loves you

Jasmine: I’m going to my sisters. I’m leaving. You can’t stop me.

Bill: Your sister is fed up of seeing you. She told me herself. She doesn’t care. She thinks you’re a thorn in her side. You go to her too much. She thinks you’re pathetic. I’m the only one who’s here for you.

Jasmine: You’re lying.

Bill: I’m not. Ask her yourself, we had a lovely conversation about you only yesterday.

Jasmine: I will ask her. But once I’m gone, don’t expect to see me again.

Bill: I’m… I’m sorry I hurt you. You know that I love you. You know that, right?

Jasmine leaves. Bill goes into a small rage, throwing pillows around.

Blackout.

Scene [####]

A spotlight on Jasmine as she sits on the bed in the middle of it. She is older in this scene than any other. She has her hair tied back neatly, wears no makeup and is wearing a flowy gown which the actor can put over the top of the other costumes.

Jasmine: William Jones, the most charming boy in all the school. He was 5 and I was 6.
I met him when I was little, and we became really good friends immediately. We rode on horses made of sticks.
Growing up, he was always by my side looking after me. He wore black and I wore white.
And in our teens, we became more than friends. He would always win the fight.

We started to live together, and it was great. Bang, Bang. He shot me down.
I loved him very much… I still love him. Bang, bang. I hit the ground.
When he proposed, I said yes. Bang, bang. That awful sound.
And when I told my sister, she was… Happy for me? Bang, bang. My baby shot me down.

We started to live together, and it was great. Bang, bang. He shot me
I loved him very much… I still love him. Bang, bang I hit.
When he proposed, I said yes. Bang, bang. That awf.
And when I told my sister, she was… Happy for me? Bang, Bang. My baby.

Bill got a job, and he’d come home tired. Seasons came and changed the time.
He drank a lot, he got violent. When I grew up, I called him mine.
I realised we were becoming my parents. He would always laugh and say…
He hurt me. Remember when we used to play.

We started… it was great. Bang, bang, bang, bang. He shot me down.
I loved him… I… Bang, Ba, ng, B. I hit the ground.
When he. Yes. Ba. Bag. B. That awful sound.
And when. Happy for me? Bang. My baby shot me down.

There are times that he’s lovely. Music played and people sang.
He reminds me of the child I once knew. Just for me the church bells rang.
But then he drinks, and he gets angry. Now he’s gone, I don’t know why.
And it’s like he’s trapped and can’t get out. And ‘til this day, sometimes I cry.
So… I used to think I could persevere. He didn’t even say goodbye.
I used to think I could fix him. He didn’t take the time to lie.

We.

Great.

Bang.

Down.

I.

I.

Bang.

Ground.

When.

Yes.

Bang.

Sound.

And.

Me?

Bang.

Down.

Blackout.

Scene 5

Lights up.

Jasmine wears her hair down and red lipstick. She is in her Mid-20s in this scene. She sits in the kitchen with her head in her hands. Bill walks in with two cups of tea and gives her one of them.

Jasmine: Thank you.

Bill: No problem.

Jasmine: This isn’t going to make up for the funeral.

Bill: I know. I will make it up to you though. I’m so sorry that I did that.

Jasmine lets out a sigh.

Jasmine: I know you are.

Bill: If there is anything I can do to make you happy…

Jasmine: A foot rub wouldn’t go a miss.

Bill lets out a little laugh and then crouches down by her. He takes her shoe off and rubs her foot for a few seconds and then kisses her leg.

Bill: I am so sorry. I love you so much. You’re a goddess and I’m just a man kneeling before you.

Jasmine: Get up you goon.

Bill stands up and she kisses him.

I love you. I don’t think you realise how much I do.

Bill: Let me take you out somewhere nice. A nice meal. We could have a bottle of wine and sit under the stars.

Jasmine: Now you’re just being sad.

Bill: Correction. Romantic.

Jasmine: Won’t it be cold outside?

Bill: Nah. Ill wrap you up in my coat. I’ll keep you nice and warm while we cuddle under the stars.

Jasmine: Sounds nice.

Blackout.

Scene 6

Lights up.
Jasmine is in her 30s in this scene.

She stands in the bedroom staring at a suitcase. She is wearing a nude lipstick, a blazer and a short wig.

Jasmine: Bang, bang. He shot me down.

Jasmine puts clothing into the suitcase.

Bang, bang. I hit hit the ground.

She keeps adding more clothes.

Bang, bang. That awful sound.

She puts an object into the suitcase.

Bang, bang. My my my baby shot me down.

Bill walks in with a white vest on which has food down it. He wears a blue shirt over it, but it’s unbuttoned. He looks at the suitcase.

Bill: Is this because of?

Jasmine: No.

Bill: Liar.

Jasmine: I’m not.

Bill: Liar.

Jasmine: I’m not.

Bill: Liar.

Jasmine: Stop.

Pause.

Bill: You know I only did it because I love you.

Pause.

You’re being a bit dramatic darling, why don’t we talk about this properly?

Jasmine goes to hit Bill, but Bill catches her hand. Bill exits the stage and Jasmine removes the clothes from the suitcase.

Jasmine: Bang, bang. He shot me down

Jasmine starts to put the clothes back into the suitcase.

Jasmine: Bang, Bang. He shot me down. He shot. He shot. He shot me down. He shot. Bang. He shot. He sh. Shhhhot.

Jasmine puts everything else back into the suitcase. Bill re-enters. He looks at the suitcase.

Bill: You leaving?

Jasmine:  Yes.

Bill: Is this because of?

Jasmine: Partly.

Bill: Partly?

Jasmine: Partly.

Bill: Partly?

Jasmine: Partly.

Bill: Partly?

Jasmine: That’s what I said. Partly.

Jasmine zips up the suitcase and pulls it off the bed.

Bill: Partly?

Jasmine: Are you broken? Yes. Partly.

Bill: I should never have married you.

Jasmine: I’m surprised that you did.

Bill: You’re not leaving me. You’re not allowed to.

Jasmine: … Shut up.

Bill: Hideous. Disgusting. Stupid. Idiot.

Jasmine:  Bang. Bang. Bang. Ba. Ba. Ban. Ng.

Jasmine looks at her suitcase as if she had forgotten what she was going to do. She then realises and looks at him.

I’m leaving.

Bill: You’ve got nowhere to go. No one loves you. No one cares about you. I’m the only one who knows you. I’m the only one who loves you

Jasmine: I’m going to my sisters. I’m leaving. You can’t stop me.

Bill: Your sister is fed up of seeing you. She told me herself. She doesn’t care. She thinks you’re a thorn in her side. You go to her too much. She thinks you’re pathetic. I’m the only one who’s here for you.

Jasmine: You’re lying.

Bill: I’m not. Ask her yourself, we had a lovely conversation about you only yesterday.

Jasmine: I will ask her. But once I’m gone, don’t expect to see me again.

Bill: I’m… I’m sorry I hurt you. You know that I love you. You know that, right?

Jasmine leaves. Bill goes into a small rage, throwing pillows around.

Blackout.