VOIRREY stands centre stage.
VOIRREY: Apparently I was an accomplished ventriloquist, skilled at-
VOIRREY shuts her mouth completely
and a recording of her speaking emanates from stage left.
REC: -throwing my voice. There is one-
VOIRREY & REC (together): -problem with-
VOIRREY (on own): -this theory.
VOIRREY & REC (together): Let us demonstrate.
VOIRREY: Gef was heard-
REC (stage left): - here.
REC (stage right): And here.
REC (overhead): Here too.
REC (behind audience): He was all over.
VOIRREY: Now me as a ventriloquist ties the mystery of Gef all up in a bow.
VOIRREY & ALL RECS: VOIRREY DID IT!!
VOIRREY: But ignores a simple truth, as I will demonstrate.
A Gef Hand Puppet is thrown to her from offstage.
VOIRREY: Everyone, this is Gef.
VOIRREY: Say 'Hello' Gef.
Voirrey raises voice 2 octaves (or so) and speaks as Gef using hand puppet.
We can see her lips move when she speaks as Gef.
V-GEF: "Hello Gef."
VOIRREY: No, Gef. Say 'Hello' properly.
V-GEF: Shan't. I won't humour unbelievers.
VOIRREY: Oh Gef, you are so troublesome.
V-GEF: Shall we tell them how we do it?
VOIRREY: is that wise?
V-GEF: Harden up, butter cup.
VOIRREY: A ventriloquist doesn't literally throw her voice. She provides the sound, and the
V-GEF: -it looks like I'm talking.
VOIRREY: It must be tape recorders.
Gef buries snout in paws.
V-GEF: Oh, no. Now you've done it.
VOIRREY: Enough, you.
V-GEF: Fine, vanish!
VOIRREY tosses Gef offstage.
VOIRREY crosses stage and pulls out a tape-recorder.
She crosses to the other side and picks up another tape-recorder.
VOIRREY: As you suspected.
VOIRREY: Well, that must explain it.
VOIRREY: Except, we were as poor as dirt, how could we afford a half dozen tape recorders.
VOIRREY: How could we run them without electricity?
VOIRREY (as GEF): Someone else did it.
VOIRREY: But how did they do this:
Sounds of scurrying from stage left to stage right
then scurrying from overhead to behind audience
and back again in quick succession.
VOIRREY (as Gef): Beats me!
VOIRREY: Me too.
Ah, that had been sitting percolating for a little while. I'm wondering if puppet Gef needs to be around earlier and for longer. It will be finessed.
Tomorrow: Witchery? Wise woman? What will it be?