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RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET .THE NEXT GENERATION Pre-show Fifteen minutes before the show stats members of the cast mingle with the audience. They welcome them aboard “SCIENTIFIC SURVEY FLIGHT NINE.” A. few minutes before the scheduled start to the show the crew take the audience through the regulation safety procedures. They point out the emergency exits, inform them that in the event of cabin depressurisation oxygen masks will come down from overhead compartments etc. All the dialogue is improvised as 1950's American “B” movie stereotypes. Finally the crew teach the audience the “Polarity Reversal Procedure.” CREW Finally the polarity reversal is a very dangerous procedure. However, in the unlikely event of us entering a polarity reversal situation, we ask you to follow this simple drill. Please watch me closely. Step one —put your hands in the (They raise their hands in the air and encourage the audience to do likewise) Step two —place your hands on your cranium. (They put their hands on their head and encourage audience to do likewise.) Step three — exert pressure in a downward motion. (They press down on their heads and encourage the audience to do likewise.) Step four - on the command “Polarity reversed,” equalise your equilibrium by exhaling thus: (They raise their hands in the air and exhale.) Phew! (They rake the audience through this one more time or until they have learnt the drill.) Thank you for your attention. Enjoy your flight. (When FOH clearance is given the company assemble on stage. CAPTAIN TEMPEST enters) BOSUN (The crew salute) TEMPEST BOSUN TEMPEST SCIENCE OFFICER BOSUN SCIENCE OFFICER BOSUN (synthesiser effect) D.CONT (Axel) TEMPEST (synthesiser effect) Captain on the bridge! Carry on. THE VOYAGE BEGINS AcT1 Friends, crewmen, passengers, lend me your ears. Captain Tempest welcomes you aboard This routine scientific survey flight. Upon the US star-ship Albatross We hope you have a very pleasant trip. But any questions that should come to mind, Just ask our new Science Officer. That’s me. If there be truth in sight, she is a woman. think you | am no stronger than my sex? Captain, commence the pre-flight checks. Check matrix. Check Check all the photon shields D.CONT (Andy) TEMPEST (synthesiser effect) D.CONT (Dee) TEMPEST (synthesiser effect) D.CONT (Cutie) TEMPEST Check Check the Dilithian Crystal rods. Check. The gravitational resistors. Check. And now check all the audio visual screens. (Blackout. The on-stage video screen comes on to reveal the NEWSCASTER. In the original production this part was played by TV astronomer Patrick Moore) NEWSCASTER (the vi leo screen goes off) BOSUN TEMPEST NAVIGATION OFFICER (on video) two parents, both alike In outer space, where we our play locate, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, And on Forbidden Planet meet their fate. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A lovely star-borne daughter takes her life. Whose teenage crush and adolescent woes Do drive her father mad and end his life. The fearful passage of his death-marked love And the continuance of her mother’s rage Which but a monstrous end, naught could remove Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage, The which, if you with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend. We have completed all the pre-flight checks Commence countdown. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1....1gnition!