Mark Ravenhill, The Citizenship – Scene.
Amy carries a baby
Tom You got the baby
Amy She made me. Said I’d have detention for a week
Tom That’s harsh
Amy Totally harsh. I told her I’m not fit to be a mother, look at my arms.
You can’t be a mother when you’ve got cuts all over your arms.
Tom And what did she say ?
Amy Said it would take me out of myself ‐ think about another life
Tom Bit of plastic
Amy And now I have to write down all my thoughts and feelings in my baby diary
Tom What you written ?
Amy Nothing. Don’t feel anything. It doesn’t do anything. Just sits there. It’s heavy.
Tom Let me feel
Amy Go on then
Amy gives Tom the baby
Tom Yeah. Really heavy
He drops the baby
Amy You did that on purpose
Amy You’re trouble
Tom That’s right. Do you reckon it’s damaged ?
Amy Shut up
Tom picks up the baby
Tom No ‐ it’s fine
Amy Don’t tell her ‐ she’ll go mental
Tom (to baby) You’re alright, aren’t you ? Aren’t you ? Yes
Tom throws the baby up in the air lets it fall on the floor
Amy You’re mad
Tom I’m rubbish at catching. Catch it !
Tom throws the baby to Amy. She catches it
Amy I’ll be bollocked if it’s damaged
Tom Throw it to me. Come on
Amy throws the baby. He lets it fall to the floor again
Tom Why can’t I catch it ?
Amy You’re not trying. Give it here
She goes to pick up the baby. Tom stops her
Tom No ‐ leave it
Amy Why ?
Tom Cos I’m here. You can hold the baby later
Amy What am I gonna write in my baby diary ?
Tom Make it up