By Nell Leyshon

Based on a cult mystery, additionally popular as a film.

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What’s occurring within the open air international? JOHN: Oh this and that. A furore concerning the gondoliers’ wages, a lacking cat, that sort of factor. LAURA: A lacking cat? JOHN: Cat, certain. LAURA: Are you certain you could learn it? JOHN: after all i will be able to. It says the following ‘gatto’. Cat. LAURA: It’s simply you’re rather rusty. JOHN: Rusty? What d’you suggest, rusty? LAURA: good you haven’t used it for your time, darling. JOHN: i will be able to slip instantly again into it. only a query of having your ear in. glance the following. (Showing. ) There’s a photograph of a cat. LAURA: okay. i think you. JOHN: solid. Or I’ll rather embarrass you and ask the waiter how rusty he thinks i'm. LAURA: Oh no, please don’t. JOHN: Or i may ask one of many outdated ladies over there. LAURA: No. JOHN: i'll serenade her in my ideal Italian. (Sings quietly. ) LAURA: cease it, John. JOHN seems on the SISTERS. JOHN: Don’t glance now yet one among them is watching me. fairly a manner she has with it. They do stand out to excessive heaven. Do you're thinking that she’s attempting to hypnotise me? LAURA is going to show. Don’t be too noticeable, darling. LAURA drops her serviette, turns and sees. She turns again and, part giggling: LAURA: They’re certainly males. JOHN seems to be at them, stifles fun in his serviette. JOHN: God, you’re correct. What could you are saying they’re doing right here? LAURA: I’d say they’re criminals. JOHN: That’s it! Criminals. LAURA: They’re doing the grand ecu journey. Staying in fantastic resorts. JOHN: and so they exchange among being women and men. LAURA: sure. JOHN: dual sisters this day on Torcello, dual brothers the following day in Venice. It’ll be wigs off, trousers on. LAURA: Jewel thieves or murderers? JOHN: Murderers certainly. Oh God, she has her eye on me back. Why me? LAURA seems back. LAURA: No, no. It’s me she’s observing. They’re sizing up my neck, might be checking for my pearls. So they’re jewel thieves, no longer murderers. JOHN: in fact lets be thoroughly flawed. LAURA: Ah. What if they’re only a few retired schoolmistresses on vacation? JOHN: They proportion a home jointly. LAURA: In Wiltshire. They’ve stored up their entire lives to come back to Venice. JOHN: they can be puppy breeders. might be they exhibit them, operating around the ring with their pugs. LAURA: Pugs, after all. JOHN: With brief legs and unsightly little faces. LAURA: certain, they usually seek advice from them, carry out a biscuit. Say come to Mummy, my little child. JOHN: God, what a inspiration. JOHN laughs. Pause. LAURA: you recognize that meals used to be relatively first-class. It’s been a beautiful lunch. JOHN takes LAURA’s hand. JOHN: stable. I’ve loved it too. I’m so comfortable we selected to return away. It’s so stunning to work out you're keen on this. such as you back. LAURA appears away. Takes her hand away. LAURA fiddles with the postcard, writes whatever, crosses all of it out really violently. Screws up the cardboard. Don’t. Darling, what are you doing? LAURA: not anything. JOHN: what's it? LAURA: ‘Darling Johnnie. work flat out and solid success within the fit. ’ this type of silly factor to put in writing. JOHN: It’s now not silly. LAURA: it really is, John. It’s facile. silly empty phrases. JOHN: Laura. No reaction. JOHN watches as LAURA takes one other card and begins back. LAURA: Do you think that Johnnie will ever come to Venice?

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