- GLORIA 1
- GLORIA 2
- GLORIA 3
- GLORIA 4
[SPOTLIGHT ON GLORIA 1.]
GLORIA 1: 49, 50, 51 -
[SPOTLIGHT COMES UP ON GLORIA 2.]
GLORIA 1 & 2: (JOINING IN) 52, 53, 54 -
[SPOTLIGHT COMES UP ON GLORIA 3.]
GLORIA 1, 2 & 3: (JOINING IN) 55, 56, 57 -
[SPOTLIGHT COMES UP ON GLORIA 4.]
GLORIA 1, 2, 3 & 4: (JOINING IN) 58, 59, 60!
GLORIA 2: Ta dah!
[THEY ALL LIGHT CIGARETTES, TAKE A LONG DRAG. SIGH.]
GLORIA 1: So this guy at the funeral
GLORIA 4: Guy is too kind
GLORIA 2: This jerk
GLORIA 1: This jerk reckons that I can’t go one minute
GLORIA 4: Without lighting a cigarette.
GLORIA 3: One minute!
GLORIA 2: Ha. Showed him.
GLORIA 1: So time to celebrate …
[THEY ALL TAKE ANOTHER DRAG OF THEIR CIGARETTES. EXHALE. SIGH.]
GLORIA 2: That is one of the great things about
GLORIA 4: the magic white cylinder.
GLORIA 3: It’s perfect for any occasion.
GLORIA 1: “Talking with friends”
GLORIA 2: the chat cigarette.
GLORIA 3: “Out with colleagues”
GLORIA 4: the social cigarette.
GLORIA 2: “Having a few drinks”
GLORIA 1: the boozy cigarette.
GLORIA 2: “Having a few more drinks”
GLORIA 3: the boozier cigarette.
GLORIA 1: “Taking a quick break from work”
GLORIA 4: the sidewalk cigarette.
GLORIA 2: Not “smoko” or “fag break”
GLORIA 3: sidewalk cigarette.
GLORIA 1: Much more style
GLORIA 4: which is what cigarettes are all about
GLORIA 1: S
GLORIA 2: t
GLORIA 3: y
GLORIA 1: l
GLORIA 4: e.
GLORIA 1: “What a great meal. I’m stuffed”
GLORIA 4: the apres dinner cigarette.
GLORIA 3: Cigarettes always taste better after an excellent dinner
GLORIA 2: That is if it’s possible for cigarettes to taste better than they already do.
GLORIA 3: “Nothing happening”
GLORIA 1: the bored cigarette.
GLORIA 2: “Impressing the new man”
GLORIA 4: the looking cool cigarette.
GLORIA 3: “Breaking up with the new man”
GLORIA 1: the broken hearted cigarette.
GLORIA 4: “Out for a country drive”
GLORIA 3: the cruise cigarette.
GLORIA 2: “Pack of Holiday Slims thanks.”
GLORIA 1: The cheap cigarette.
GLORIA 3: “I love you, you’re my best friend”
GLORIA 4: the shared cigarette.
GLORIA 1: “I’m broke and this is my last one”
GLORIA 2: the definitely not shared cigarette.
GLORIA 4: “Relaxing in the pergola”
GLORIA 1: the out door cigarette.
GLORIA 3: Isn’t it interesting how many times smoking is linked with relaxing here ?
GLORIA 2: “My parents don’t know I smoke”
GLORIA 1: the illicit cigarette.
GLORIA 4: “On a yacht”
GLORIA 3: the wind and waves cigarette.
GLORIA 4: “On a plane”
GLORIA 1: the dangerous cigarette.
GLORIA 4: “In a petrol station”
GLORIA 2: the very dangerous cigarette.
GLORIA 4: I don’t like the term
GLORIA 2: fag,
GLORIA 3: ciggie,
GLORIA 1: smoke. I prefer to call them by their full name
GLORIA 3: Derived from the fact that it is a smaller version of its antecedent
GLORIA 2: Anti who?
GLORIA 3: Cedent.
GLORIA 4: Ancestor.
GLORIA 2: Which was?
GLORIA 1: The cigar.
GLORIA 4: But whereas cigars are
GLORIA 1: big,
GLORIA 2: heavy
GLORIA 3: awkward.
GLORIA 4: The cigarette is
GLORIA 1: dainty,
GLORIA 2: elegant,
GLORIA 3: convenient
GLORIA 4: and fits perfectly between my
GLORIA 1: dainty,
GLORIA 2: elegant
GLORIA 3: conveniently-well-shaped-for-holding-a-cigarette
GLORIA 4: fingers.
GLORIA 1: I remember my first cigarette. That moment of
GLORIA 3: Realisation
GLORIA 4: Inhalation
GLORIA 2: Excitation.
GLORIA 1: An awakening of
GLORIA 4: Spirit
GLORIA 3: Awareness.
GLORIA 2: Lungs
GLORIA 1: An Epiphany. I used to hide around the corner and watch him
GLORIA 2: Standing on the verandah,
GLORIA 3: Leaning in the doorway,
GLORIA 4: Hair slicked back
GLORIA 1: Dark blue singlet
GLORIA 2: And gripped in his
GLORIA 3: Strong tanned fingers
GLORIA 4: The constant flickering glow.
GLORIA 1: I pinched one of his
GLORIA 2: Kents
GLORIA 3: From the crush top pack
GLORIA 4: on the kitchen table
GLORIA 1: Lit it on the stove
GLORIA 2: And after just one puff
GLORIA 4: I knew
GLORIA 3: Between coughs
GLORIA 1: I had discovered a secret
GLORIA 3: friend
GLORIA 2: conspirator
GLORIA 4: lover
GLORIA 3: God.
GLORIA 1: You can also just call them by their brand.
GLORIA 4: That is also acceptable,
GLORIA 2: As in?
GLORIA 1: “Hand me a Lucky Strike.”
GLORIA 3: “Care for a Dunhill.”
GLORIA 2: “Got any Camels.”
GLORIA 4: “Would you care to share a Citane?”
GLORIA 1: Which brings us to another of the great attractions of cigarettes.
GLORIA 3: Their international
GLORIA 2: flavour.
GLORIA 1: Cigarettes from all over the world
GLORIA 2: many of which I have tried
GLORIA 4: one time or another.
GLORIA 4: English brands
GLORIA 2: Dunhill,
GLORIA 1: Benson & Hedges,
GLORIA 3: Subtle
GLORIA 2: Smooth
GLORIA 4: Rich
GLORIA 1: And Classic.
GLORIA 3: Parliament
GLORIA 2: Very classy.
GLORIA 4: Barclay,
GLORIA 3: Bond Street;
GLORIA 1: American Brands
GLORIA 2: Salem,
GLORIA 3: Winston,
GLORIA 4: L & M,
GLORIA 2: LA Lights,
GLORIA 1: West Coast
GLORIA 3: Mustang Filters
GLORIA 1: East Coast
GLORIA 4: Kool,
GLORIA 2: Kent,
GLORIA 3: The family blend
GLORIA 1: Newport,
GLORIA 4: Winchester.
GLORIA 2: The heavyweights
GLORIA 3: Philip Morris,
GLORIA 4: Rothmans;
GLORIA 1: Asian Brands
GLORIA 4: Eve 120's,
GLORIA 2: Djarum Filter.
GLORIA 3: Kim Slims
GLORIA 2: I love Kim Slims!
GLORIA 1: Mild Seven
GLORIA 3: Asian cigarettes have the coolest names!
GLORIA 2: Not to mention Rollies.
GLORIA 1: Drum.
GLORIA 3: Champion Ruby.
GLORIA 4: Doctor - Pat. (BEAT) European Brands Capri, Cartier, Merit, Monte Carlo, Pall Mall let me know if I forget any here. More -
GLORIA 3: I can’t think of any more.
GLORIA 4: More - as in the brand.
GLORIA 3: Oops.
GLORIA 1: Multifilter
GLORIA 4: Dull name
GLORIA 2: but not bad,
GLORIA 3: Surprisingly.
GLORIA 4: Vogue Slims, Virginia Slims and one of my personal favourites Yves Saint Laurent. Picture me in a small corner shop in Paris.
GLORIA 3: At the counter,
GLORIA 1: dressed in white,
GLORIA 2: hat,
GLORIA 3: scarf,
GLORIA 1: sunglasses,
GLORIA 4: Dior from head to toe.
GLORIA 3: To die for.
GLORIA 4: “One packet of Yves Saint Laurent. Merci. ”
GLORIA 1: Which brings me to another of my favourite things the cigarette fantasy.
GLORIA 2: I’ve got a cigarette fantasy! I smoke ten thousand cigarettes all at once.
GLORIA 4: Simultaneously?
GLORIA 2: No. One after the other. Now I know that sounds like a lot of cigarettes but actually - look at this.
[GLORIA 2 TAKES OUT A PACKET OF CIGARETTES AND PLACES THEM ON THE FLOOR.]
GLORIA 2: Now that is twenty five cigarettes
GLORIA 3: A quarter of a century
GLORIA 2: Not very big is it ? In fact it’s tiny. So you times that by four, you get …
GLORIA 3: one hundred.
GLORIA 2: (INDICATING SIZE WITH HANDS) Still quite small. Times that by 10
GLORIA 3: One thousand.
GLORIA 2: Still not a lot and then by ten again
GLORIA 3: Ten thousand!
GLORIA 2: By ten!
GLORIA 3: One hundred thousand!
GLORIA 2: By ten!
GLORIA 3: One million cigarettes!
GLORIA 1: In this fantasy I am in the most luxurious palace.
GLORIA 4: Silver and gold
GLORIA 3: Heavy oak furniture,
GLORIA 1: polished marble floors,
GLORIA 2: high ceilings,
GLORIA 4: tall windows,
GLORIA 3: framed portraits.
GLORIA 1: History,
GLORIA 2: majesty,
GLORIA 4: class.
GLORIA 1: This house is not my house
GLORIA 4: it is the fabled Shrangri-la of cigarette lovers
GLORIA 3: across the globe.
GLORIA 2: The Palace of Cigarettes.
GLORIA 4: Le Palais de Cigarette.
GLORIA 3: Cigarette heaven.
GLORIA 1: Once I enter Le Palais de Cigarette, a butler
GLORIA 3: very regal,
GLORIA 2: English accent
GLORIA 3: with a voice that sounds like vintage port meets -
GLORIA 2: Golden syrup.
GLORIA 1: Greets me.
GLORIA 4: “Good evening Ma’m.”
GLORIA 1: He bears an engraved silver tray
GLORIA 3: and on the tray is
GLORIA 2: one lone cigarette
GLORIA 1: and a silver lighter.
GLORIA 3: Silver -
GLORIA 2: Not gold.
GLORIA 1: Stylish -
GLORIA 4: Not ostentatious.
GLORIA 1: Now at first I’m a little less than pleased by this.
GLORIA 2: “One cigarette is that it ?”
GLORIA 3: But I have no need to worry.
GLORIA 1: I light up my cigarette and he leads me up an ornate staircase
GLORIA 4: “To a hall which opens on to hundreds and hundreds of rooms”
GLORIA 1: The hall seems to go on and on forever.
GLORIA 2: He leads me towards a door.
GLORIA 4: I knock on the solid heavy timber
GLORIA 3: And in a second the door is opened
GLORIA 1: and I’m confronted by
GLORIA 2: “A cowboy in leather boots and a red check shirt.”
GLORIA 1: He takes me in to the room which is
GLORIA 2: “An old style Wild West Saloon”
GLORIA 1: and sits me down at a battered wooden table.
GLORIA 3: He pours me a shot of
GLORIA 2: “Makers Mark.”
GLORIA 1: and he pulls out a dusty packet of
GLORIA 4: Marlboro’s
GLORIA 2: “tucked underneath his bootstrap.”
GLORIA 1: He offers me one and lights it
GLORIA 2: “With a wax tipped match.”
GLORIA 1: We sit and drink and smoke and chat about his life and times and then
GLORIA 3: before I know it
GLORIA 1: I’m back in the hall,
GLORIA 2: Butler by my side.
GLORIA 4: “This way Ma’m.”
GLORIA 2: Then I’m knocking on another door and I’m back stage
GLORIA 4: At the Moulon Rouge
GLORIA 3: Surrounded by hundreds of gorgeous showgirls
GLORIA 2: In the most incredible costumes.
GLORIA 1: We huddle in the corner of their cramped dressing room,
GLORIA 4: Puffing on Gauloises,
GLORIA 3: Giggling
GLORIA 2: And gossiping
GLORIA 4: About the glamour of the stage
GLORIA 1: And the mysterious stranger who always sits at the back table,
GLORIA 3: face half covered in shadow,
GLORIA 2: who is rumoured to be
GLORIA 4: a very wealthy Crown Prince
GLORIA 3: with an eye on one of the showgirls.
GLORIA 1: “Me!”
GLORIA 2: “No me!”
GLORIA 3: “No me!’
GLORIA 4: “No me.”
GLORIA 1: Now I’m on the set of a
GLORIA 2: Fellini movie
GLORIA 4: with the most beautiful woman of all time
GLORIA 3: “Claudia Cardinale”
GLORIA 2: In my humble opinion.
GLORIA 1: We’re in her dressing room
GLORIA 3: “Smoking a Zenit Triplo”
GLORIA 1: And I’m trying to console her,
GLORIA 4: “Forget Federico’s wild moods”
GLORIA 2: “Trust in your own gift”
GLORIA 1: “Your pure talent, your “
GLORIA 3: “Magnificent beauty”.
GLORIA 1: Another room and I’m in
GLORIA 4: “Moscow. The day before the October revolution”
GLORIA 1: Sitting across the table from
GLORIA 4: “Vladimir Ilich Lenin”
GLORIA 1: With a Stolichnye in hand
GLORIA 4: “The cigarette not the vodka”
GLORIA 1: plotting the Tsar’s downfall.
GLORIA 3: In another room
GLORIA 2: There’s the whole of the Sydney Cricket Ground.
GLORIA 1: I’m in the Aussies dressing room sharing a
GLORIA 2: “Stuyvo with Warnie.”
GLORIA 1: Then Adam Gilchrist says:
GLORIA 3: “Hey, you’re not allowed to smoke in here”
GLORIA 2: “Wuss!”
GLORIA 1: Warnie just laughs and hands me another. Next I’m in a -
GLORIA 4: Tokyo restaurant,
GLORIA 3: Prague café,
GLORIA 2: Munich beer hall,
GLORIA 1: Beijing square,
GLORIA 4: London club.
GLORIA 1: Every room
GLORIA 2: Another destination,
GLORIA 3: Another time,
GLORIA 4: Another magical companion
GLORIA 1: All linked by our universal passion
GLORIA 2: the greatest invention of all time
GLORIA 3: the glue that holds mankind
GLORIA 4: and womankind
GLORIA 3: together.
GLORIA 1: Le Palais de Cigarette.
GLORIA 2: A living,
GLORIA 3: breathing
GLORIA 4: interactive
GLORIA 1: Smokers museum!
[SILENCE. GLORIA 3 COUGHS. PAUSE. SHE COUGHS AGAIN.]
GLORIA 4: Or should that be Mausoleum?
GLORIA 2: They had a brand of cigarettes called “Death” once didn’t they ?
GLORIA 3: Yeah. It was cool.
GLORIA 1: It was in a black packet with like skull and cross bones.
GLORIA 2: Brilliant!
GLORIA 4: We loved it.
GLORIA 1: Pity the cigarettes inside were so crap.
[THEY ALL NOD IN AGREEMENT.]
GLORIA 2: Death cigarettes. Pretty ironic huh?
[GLORIA 2 LAUGHS. THE OTHERS TURN TO LOOK AT HER. GLORIA 2 STOPS LAUGHING.]
GLORIA 1: Non-smokers think the danger aspect of smoking is a real turn off.
ALL: Wrong !
GLORIA 3: Smokers love the danger.
GLORIA 4: Cheating the grim reaper,
GLORIA 1: They put their pathetic warnings on cigarette boxes,
GLORIA 2: Spend all this money on tacky adds,
GLORIA 3: Offer us nicotine patches,
GLORIA 4: how to quit classes,
GLORIA 1: breakthrough weekends,
GLORIA 2: spiritual healing.
GLORIA 3: Wrong!
GLORIA 4: Wrong!
GLORIA 1: Wrong! Don’t you understand if we wanted to stop smoking we would.
GLORIA 2: I will give up.
GLORIA 3: Just not today.
GLORIA 4: Like that poet once said: Those something somethings
GLORIA 3: “half in love with easeful death”.
GLORIA 2: He was talking about smokers
GLORIA 4: Because we recognise that in the end life is
GLORIA 2: Fleeting,
GLORIA 3: transient,
GLORIA 1: momentary
GLORIA 4: and trying to hold on to it is like
GLORIA 3: trying to catch smoke
GLORIA 4: in the palm of your hand.
GLORIA 1: Or maybe we just like smoking too much to give a damn.
[GLORIA 3 COUGHS AGAIN. THEY ALL TURN TO LOOK AT HER.]
GLORIA 3: Sorry.
GLORIA 2: I think they should start up a Cigarette smokers Hall of Fame.
GLORIA 1: Entry only available for those who have smoked
GLORIA 2: 1,000,000 cigarettes.
[GLORIA 4 COUGHS. THEY ALL TURN TO LOOK AT HER.]
GLORIA 4: Sorry.
GLORIA 2: Now you might think that is impossible but I worked it out. If you started (COUGHS) at say 14 years of age and you smoked a (COUGHS) and a half a day not that hard, I do that occasionally you’d be ready for the Hall of (COUGH) by the time you were (COUGH). Now that would be a (COUGH). I wonder if anybody’s (COUGH COUGH). Maybe I could be the (COUGH). The very first to enter the (COUGH COUGH COUGH)
GLORIA 1: Maybe you should reduce the number
GLORIA 2: 500,000 …
GLORIA 4: 100,000 …
GLORIA 3: 50,000 …
[GLORIA 1 COUGHS.]
GLORIA 2: 10,000.
GLORIA 3: (TO GLORIA 2) You sounded just like …
GLORIA 4: Dad.
GLORIA 1: He lay on a hospital bed for two months coughing just like that. Still didn’t stop. He’d sit out on the verandah,
GLORIA 2: Of the hospital ,
GLORIA 1: In a wheel chair, smoke pouring out of the little plastic hole they dug in to his throat. Doctors had given up trying to make him quit. What was the point ? Right to the very end, died with the
ALL: Constant flickering glow
GLORIA 2: Of a Kent
GLORIA 1: in his filthy yellow fingers. Still wearing that stupid blue singlet. He was 47. Wife and four daughters
GLORIA 2: who
GLORIA 3: all
GLORIA 4: smoke.
GLORIA 2: Nice funeral.
GLORIA 3: Not really.
GLORIA 1: What you need to understand is the trick isn’t stopping it’s not starting in the first place. I’ll go for two minutes this time. 1, 2, 3,
GLORIA 2: (JOINING IN) 4, 5, 6,
GLORIA 3: (JOINING IN) 7, 8, 9,
GLORIA 4: (JOINING IN) 10, 11, 12 -
[THE LIGHTS FADE AS THEY CONTINUE TO COUNT.]
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