THE DARLING’S NURSERY
There are three single beds, a chair, a large toybox and a practical window. Music cue 1: Chorus. After song ends…Exit Chorus [SL]
Enter Michael and John at a run [SR] playing at pirates, running around the room and hopping on and off the beds.
JOHN: Avast me hearties! Splice the mainbrace and hoist the jolly roger!
MICHAEL: I can’t, captain!
JOHN: Why not?
MICHAEL: Roger’s feelin’ a bit off.
JOHN: Pirates aren’t allowed to feel off, mister! Give him a taste of the cat!
MICHAEL: Aye-aye captain! [calling] Here puss, puss!
Enter Nana [SR] who jumps on the bed, causing Michael to fall off.
JOHN: Man overboard!
Enter Wendy [SR]
WENDY: What’s all the commotion, boys?
JOHN: [to Wendy] Cabin boy! Throw Black Dog a line and haul him aboard!
MICHAEL: [floundering on floor] Help! I’m going down for the fourth time!
WENDY: I thought drowning people only went down three times.
JOHN: Pirates are made of sterner stuff.
MICHAEL: Aren’t you going to help rescue me from a watery grave, shipmate?
WENDY: Sorry boys, I don’t have time to play pirates. Mum wants to know if you’ve taken your medicine yet.
JOHN: Oh yes, we’ve taken it. Haven’t we Black Dog?
MICHAEL: [standing] Aye, Captain!
WENDY: Have the boys had their castor oil, Nana?
NANA: [shaking head] Ruff! Ruff!
WENDY: Fetch the bottle and a spoon, Nana.
NANA: Ruff! [exits SL]
JOHN: You mutinous dog, Nana!
Enter Nana with a large medicine bottle and a spoon.
WENDY: It’s medicine time boys.
MICHAEL: We’re not taking that.
JOHN: It tastes horrible!
WENDY: Mother says it’s good for you.
MICHAEL: Then how come you don’t take it?
WENDY: Mother says I don’t need it because I’m a regular girl.
Enter Mrs Darling [SR]
MRS DARLING: Come along children, it’s time to settle down to sleep.
WENDY: They won’t take their medicine, mother.
MRS DARLING: It won’t hurt to miss one night. Take it away, Nana.
Exit Nana [SL] with the bottle and spoon.
JOHN & MICH: [cheer] Yeah!
MRS DARLING: They can have a double dose tomorrow instead.
JOHN & MICH: [groan] Urrrgh!
MRS DARLING: Now, into bed all of you.
Children climb into their beds and lie down.
SFX: Thunder crack and lightning flash.
Peter Pan appears at the window. Mrs Darling turns and glances at the window, but Peter quickly ducks down.
MRS DARLING: Who’s there? [looks out window] I thought I saw a young boy outside the window just now.
Enter Mr Darling [SR]
MR DARLING: Have you seen Nana anywhere, Mary?
MRS DARLING: She’s just putting the boy’s medicine away, George, dear.
Enter Nana [SL] knocking Mr Darling over as she runs to the window.
MR DARLING: [picking himself up] How did we end up with a dog for a nanny?
MRS DARLING: It was your idea, George.
MR DARLING: No, it wasn’t.
MRS DARLING: Yes, it was. When Nanny McVitie left, you asked me to go down the pound and pick up a replacement.
MR DARLING: No, dear. I said, go downtown and pick up a replacement.
MRS DARLING: Did you? Never mind, Nana’s as good as any nanny, and much cheaper.
Nana barks at window.
MR DARLING: Why is she barking at the window?
MRS DARLING: Maybe she saw what I saw earlier.
MR DARLING: And what did you see?
MRS DARLING: A young boy’s face at the window.
MR DARLING: You can’t have done, we’re three floors up.
MRS DARLING: You’re right – I must have imagined it.
MR DARLING: Be quiet Nana and come with me.
WENDY: Where are you taking Nana, father?
MR DARLING: Outside to her kennel.
JOHN: But she hasn’t tucked us up in bed yet.
MICHAEL: Or fluffed our pillows.
WENDY: Or sang us a song.
MRS DARLING: Nana’s a dog, children. She can’t tuck you in, fluff your pillows or sing a song.
CHILDREN: Oh yes, she can!
Nana nods in agreement.
MR DARLING: Okay Nana. If you’re so clever, then let’s see you in action.
Nana rushes over to the beds, fluffs all their pillows and tucks them in.
MRS DARLING: Nana’s obviously a very clever dog, George.