UNDERGROUD PLOT SYNOPSIS Ben and Samantha are good friends, but they annoy each other. Samantha makes fun of Ben because he likes the pop group The Beatles. However, Samantha secretly likes them as well. Samantha is clever and always tries to look like she knows more than Ben in school. One day, however, they start to talk about the Beatles in class with their teacher, and Ben knows a lot about them. Ben and Samantha start to argue in class. The teacher then tells them some great news: that they are going to visit Liverpool on a class trip. They are both very excited and they cannot wait to get there. Ben is particularly excited because Liverpool is the city of the Beatles. They pack their backs and set off on the train. The train journey is long but eventually they arrive. When they arrive, the first place they go is the Royal Liver Building. Samantha is very interested, but Ben just wants to go to the house of the Beatles. He doesn’t care about the Royal Liver Building. Samantha leaves Ben downstairs to go upstairs to look at the Liver Birds, which are the symbol of Liverpool. While she is gone, Ben meets Yoko, John Lennon’s niece. He helps her find John Lennon’s glasses, which she has lost on the ground. With the help of a volunteer, Yoko and Ben re-live some of John Lennon’s words about Love. When Samantha comes back, she doesn’t believe that Ben has meet Yoko, so Ben runs off to try to fi nd her, in order to prove it. Meanwhile, while Ben is away, Ringo Starr, the son of the famous Beatle, comes up to Samantha and the two meet. Ringo is an actor, and he helps Samantha with some advice and practice in acting (with the help of some volunteers). She is so happy to meet him and she gets his autograph. When Ben comes back, they start to believe each other’s stories. In the end, Samantha confesses to Ben that she really loves the Beatles. The two of them happily make their way toward the house of the Beatles. MAIN CHARACTERS Ben The main character of the story. He is a teenager whose ambition is to be a musician. He is a true fan of the mythical group The Beatles, and especially of John Lennon. He is a good friend of Samantha’s, but he is always teasing her as he thinks she is excessively responsible and too mother-like. Ben is humble, kind, and often says embarrassing things. Samantha The second main character of the story. She is a teenager who has decided that she wants to be an actress. She met Ben last year, and from the first moment they became great friends. She is a very responsible student. She is always arguing with Ben, and she often tries to persuade him to study more. Samantha is efficient, strong willed and slightly vain. Professor (voiceover): He is Ben and Samantha’s class teacher. Yoko John Lennon’s niece. Thanks to Ben she manages to sort out a difficult problem. She is a shy girl and she is tired of the way everyone tries to get to know her just because she is the niece of a famous musician. Ringo The son of Ringo Starr. He is an actor and dresses in an attention grabbing, hippy way. DIALOGUE Debating or arguing between Ben and Samantha. Teacher: Good morning, Samantha. Samantha: Good morning. Teacher: Good morning, Benjamin. Ben: Mornin’. Teacher: A little more respect please, Benjamin. Ben: Sorry, sir. A very good morning to you, my most respected and appreciated teacher. Teacher: Okay, in our last class, we are going to talk about a mythical city in England. Samantha: London? Teacher: No. Ben: Manchester? Teacher: No again. We are going to talk about Liverpool. Samantha and Ben: Liverpool? Teacher: Yes, a city which is well known because... Ben: The Beatles. Teacher: And it is also well known for... Samantha: For being in Merseyside, a region in the North West of England, on the bank of the river Mersey. It was founded as a town in 1207 and had that status until 1880, when it received the title of a city. Teacher: Very good, Miss Samantha. Do you have anything to add, Mister Benjamin. Ben: Ur, well... Liverpool is the city of the Beatles, an English band that formed there in 1960. From 1962, the group was made up of John Lennon (rhythm guitar and vocals), Paul McCartney (bass, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals). The Beatles have come to be known as the most famous band on earth. Samantha: Can’t you talk about anything other than the Beatles? Ben: What do you want me to talk about if I’m asked about Liverpool, its population? Samantha: You could have mentioned its monuments. Ben: What better monument is there than the house of the Beatles? Samantha: Or it’s streets. Ben: Which were walked through by the Beatles for years and years. Samantha: You are so annoying! Ben: And you are so pedantic! Teacher: That is enough, boys and girls! Samantha: He started it. Ben: No, sir, it was her. She is annoyed that for once I know something that she doesn’t. Samantha: I also know something about the Beatles. Ben: Oh yeah? What was their fi rst single? Samantha: “Love me do”, in 1962. Ben: And in which year did they separate? Samantha: In 1970. Lennon was assassinated in 1980 and Harrison died of cancer in 2001. Ben: How many Grammy awards did they win? Samantha: A lot. Ben: How many is “a lot”? Samantha: Five. Ben: You are wrong. It was seven, and fi fteen Ivor Novello awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors. DIALOGUE 2 Debating or arguing between Ben and Samantha. Ringo: Hey! What is a girl like you doing in a place like this? Samantha: Waiting. Ringo: It’s not very exciting I would say. Samantha: No, but there is no way out. My friend Ben is determined to prove to me that he has met John Lennon’s niece and I have told him that... Ringo: That it is true, of course. Samantha: What did you say? Ringo: I said that it could be perfectly true, why not? Samantha: Because it is impossible; famous people don’t walk around the streets just like that. Ringo: Ah no? And where do famous people go then? Samantha: They always travel by car, the go from party to party, surrounded by fans... I don’t know. Ringo: And how many famous people do you know? Samantha: Know personally? None. I have seen a few in London. Ringo: Ah yes? And what did you do? Samantha: The same as everyone; I got fl ustered and tried to approach to ask for an autograph. Ringo: Yeah! And did you succeed? Samantha: No, it was more like my feet were trodden on by everyone who was running faster than me and were able to approach the famous person. Ringo: Well, at least you tried. Samantha: It didn’t help me much. Moreover, I’m convinced that being famous, in reality, isn’t so important. What I mean is that every one of us is famous at some point in our lives or for someone in particular. It is not necessary to be applauded by the multitudes in order to feel good; it is much better to go unnoticed, to have independence, to live as you wish. Ringo: Then why do you want to be famous? Samantha: Is it really that obvious? Ringo: Yes. The curious thing is that we all want what we don’t have. I would like to go unnoticed. Samantha: Are you famous by any chance? Ringo: I see that for you I am not. Samantha: Well, the truth is that I don’t know who you are. Ringo: And I don’t know who you are. Samantha: My name is Samantha. Ringo: Nice to meet you. I promise to tell you who I am if you can keep a secret. Samantha: Of course. Ringo: I am the son of Ringo Starr. I am also called Ringo. DIALOGUE 2: Conversation between Ringo and Samantha before introduce themselves. Ben. I’ve got a feeling X4 Sam. He’s got a feeling Ben. I’ve got a feeling Ben & Sam. I’ve got a feeling Ben & Sam. We’ve got a feeling Ben. I’ve got a feeling deep inside It’s going to be a crazy ride Sam. We’re going to see lots of monuments Maybe even some make friends Ben & Sam. Liverpool, yes here we come Liverpool, the city of fun x2 Come on! Ben. I’ve got a feeling Sam. I’ve got a feeling Ben. She’s got a feeling Sam. He’s got a feeling Ben & Sam. They’ve got a feeling Ben & Sam. You’ve got a feeling Ben & Sam. We’ve got a feeling X2 Ben. Perpetual fi elds of strawberries Take a walk down Penny Lane Sam. Mug of tea with Queen Victoria Let’s hope it doesn’t rain! Ben & Sam. Liverpool, yes here we come Liverpool, the city of fun Come on! X2 Ben. Sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun to come My only hope is my guitar, my restless mind, my soul, my song Sam. Waiting for the bus this morning, from the trees I saw the wood A lifelong dream to be a star, to play big parts in Hollywood. Ben. I’ve got a feeling Sam. I’ve got a feeling Ben. She’s got a feeling Sam. He’s got a feeling Ben & Sam. They’ve got a feeling Ben & Sam. You’ve got a feeling Ben & Sam. We’ve got a feeling X2 Sam. A city built of immigrants Ships docked in the icy bay Ben. The scousers like to party hard Even when the skies are grey. Ben & Sam. Liverpool, yes here we come Liverpool, the city of fun! Come on! SONG “Liverpool, the city of my dreams.” Song by Ben and Samantha. C.d. track 23 Ben. Music! I want to be a part of you now! My guitar gently weeps now, The monkey’s got me on the run. Hey Jude, let’s go and make a revolution! Write a song for poor Miss Rigby So she’ll never walk alone. John, Paul, George, Ringo Benjamin! I want to fl oat along the Mersey I want to wear a bright red jersey I want to make my mother proud. The Beatles! Let it be that there’s a fifth one Miss the train and see the pigs run Mimi never let John down. John, Paul, George, Ringo Benjamin! Eggman! Walrus! “Morsa”! Beatles! SONG “The fifth Beatle”. Sung by Ben. C.d. track 24 Sam. Yesterday, I had a dream Rather strange, it may have been In ancient Greece A tragedy The part I played Antigona Who fought, and died. A life on the stage World of the play To be in the theatre, have my say Making those strange dreams Reality (To) come alive. Tormented and torn A guilty queen, Macbeth turned to murder His fate forseen. Making those great parts Reality To make my dream Reality. Song “I’m going to be an actress”. Sung by Samantha. C.d. track 25 They made us believe that real love, the one that’s strong, only happens once, more likely before your 30ths. They never told us that love is not something that you can put in motion, neither has a time schedule. They made us believe that each one of us is the half of an orange, and that life only makes sense when you find that other half. They did not tell us that we were born as whole, and that no-one in our lives deserve to carry on his back such responsibility of completing what is missing on us: we grow through life by ourselves. If we have good company it’s just more pleasant. They made us believe in a formula “two in one”: two people sharing the same line of thinking, same ideas, and that it is what works. It’s never been told that it has another name: invalidation, that only two individuals with their own personality is how you can have a healthy relationship. It has been made to believe that marriage is an obliged institution and that fantasies out of hour should be repressed. ............................................ They made us believe that the thin and beautiful are the ones who are more loved........................... They made us believe that there’s a one way formula to be happy, the same for everybody, and the ones that escape from that are condemned to be delinquents. We have never been told that those formulas go wrong, they get people frustrated, they are alienating, and that we can try other alternatives. Oh! Also they did not tell us that no one will tell those things to us. Each and every one of us will have to learn by ourselves............................................... And, when you get to the point that you are in love with yourself fi rst, that’s when you can fall in love with somebody else. “We live in a world were we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in the full light of day.” TEXT FOR THE VOLUNTEER JOHN LENNON’S WORDS Ringo: It is about an article that I read in the paper about Paul McCartney’s daughter. (Ringo gives a paper to Samantha) Samantha: (Reading) Stell McCartney will design all the uniforms for the British athletes in the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Finishing reading) I understand. Can we do the scene now? Ringo: Of course! (Ringo gives the script to each of the volunteers and Samantha) Ringo: Samantha, you will be Stella McCartney, the girl your assistant – Blanche – and the boy will be the model who you have to dress up – Robert – Agreed? Samantha: Agreed! Ringo: Well let’s get started then. Action! (Samantha and the volunteers act out the scene) Stella: Blanche, Blanche. Blanche: Yes? Stella: We have a special task. Blanche: What, Stella? Stella: We have been commissioned to design the uniforms for the British Athletes for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Blanche: How exciting! Stella: Call Robert, we need our super-model as soon as possible. Blanche: Robert, Robert! Come quickly! (Robert enters the scene) Robert: Good morning, ladies! Stella: Hello, Robert, you are so charming as usual! Robert: I do what I can. Stella: Blanche, quickly, we need to take his measurements. (Stella gives a measuring stick to Blanche who starts to take Robert’s measurements, while Stella takes note of them in a notebook.) Stella: Leg length, good. Head, that’s it. Arm length. Chest width. Shoe size. I think we have everything. I have a special design for the sportsmen of the 2012 Olympic Games. Come with me, please. (Stella takes the volunteer inside) Blanche: I hope it is a nice model. We should be aware that it is such a big responsibility for us to do this design. And none other than Adidas have assigned this to us. What butterflies I have in my stomach! (Stella and Robert appear on the scene with Robert dressed as an athlete) Stella: Here is the super-athlete of the London 2012 Olympic Games.