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(Lights up on Alice who is centre stage strapped into a chair. There is a small trolley with various medical instruments on it. Head Nurse is pulling on a pair of gloves and prep-ping the instruments. Rabbit is stood next to Alice. He looks nervous and afraid.)

 

 

Rabbit: Alice why are you letting them do this?

 

Alice: I have no choice. No choice.

 

Rabbit: Why aren't you fighting it?

 

Alice: I don't want to. I don’t want to.

 

Rabbit: Will you forget me?

 

Alice: No.

 

Rabbit: Do you promise?

 

Alice: Yes.

 

Rabbit: I don't want to lose you Alice.

 

Alice: You won't. We will be together all the time. Together. All the time.

 

Rabbit: I didn't want it to be like this though.

 

Alice: This is a good thing. We won't hurt any more. The Queen can't get us anymore.

 

Rabbit: I want you to be safe Alice.

 

Alice: I will be. With you.

 

(The Queen enters)

 

 

Queen: I told you I would be here for the end.

 

Alice: So you are.

 

Rabbit: You can't leave Alice alone even now.

 

Queen: I would bite my tongue if I were you Rabbit.

 

Alice: Leave him alone. Soon we will both be free of you.

 

Queen: Oh will you?

 

Alice: Yes. You won't be able to touch us where we're going.

 

Queen: She will though won't she? (nods towards Head Nurse)

 

Alice: No she won't. She can. She won’t. Won’t touch me.

 

Rabbit: Leave Alice alone.

 

Queen: Silence!

 

Rabbit: We won't suffer your tyranny any longer!

 

Queen: Is that right?

 

(Snatches the stuffed rabbit from Alice)

 

 

Alice: (screams) Give it back!

 

Head Nurse: Calm down Alice. Or I will have to give you a sedative.

 

Alice: Don't hurt him!

 

Queen: It's a little late for that isn't it? Off with your head!

 

 

(The Queen twists the stuffed rabbit's head off. Rabbit falls to the ground at the same time.)

 

 

Queen: Now which part would you like Alice? Heads or tails? I'm partial to a head myself.

 

 

(She tosses the rabbits body onto Alice's lap)

 

 

Alice: Even now you couldn't just let me go in peace.

 

Queen: Where would be the fun in that? You get to be in wonderland with your precious Rabbit while I'm stuck out here? Where is the justice?

 

Alice: I will be with Rabbit.  

 

Queen: How?

 

Alice: Anything is possible in wonderland. You know that.

 

Queen: How ghastly.

 

Alice: It's almost time. Do you want to say your good byes?

 

Queen: Pardon?

 

Alice: Well without me you'll soon cease to exist won't you? I won't even remember you. I won't remember any of it.

 

 

(The Queen becomes Lorina)

 

 

Alice: I won't remember what I did to you. I won't remember smashing your face to pieces and slowly removing your head. I won't remember the satisfaction that gave me.

 

Lorina: You're lying.

 

Alice: I won't even know who you are. And sure, I won't remember Rabbit or Hatter or the Hare or any of them. But that's the beauty of it isn't it? I can start again.

 

Lorina: No you can't.

 

Alice: I will keep on living. All you are is dead. Dead, dead, dead.

 

Lorina: You will be too.

 

Alice: On the outside perhaps. But inside I'll be more alive than I've been my entire life.

 

Lorina: You don't know what will happen.

 

Alice: That's true but I know it'll be a damn sight better than whatever hell you're in right now.

 

Lorina: Enjoy your sentence Alice.

 

Alice: Enjoy yours Lorina.

 

Head Nurse: Right Alice. Sit still. It's time.

 

 

(Lorina exits. Head Nurse moves to start the lobotomy. Alice softly sings to herself.)

 

 

Alice: Twinkle, twinkle, little bat, how I wonder where you're at, up above the world you fly, like a tea tray...

 

 

(Alice abruptly stops singing as the pin enters her eye. She falls silent and stares blankly. AV behind her shows her sitting at a large tea party table. She is drinking tea with Rabbit, Hatter, March Hare and her sister Edith. Nurse enters while the scene is playing. Head Nurse is examining Alice)

 

 

Nurse: Is she gone?

 

Head Nurse: We have only achieved a partial lobotomy.

 

Nurse: Meaning?

 

Head Nurse: She’s alive but far away.

 

Nurse: Perhaps in her wonderland?

 

Head Nurse: Perhaps.

 

(Lights down, the AV continues playing a little longer before fading out. The end.)

 

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