We’d be chatting, Mr An Onymous and I, about the history and development of Greek Drama and Tragedy. And the role of Satyr as a political statement. Among the playwrights were Sophocles, and Euripides, and how they used the stage to create the Spectacle and allow the characters and drama to develop. Anyway, you get the idea.
“The Rise and Rise of the Brown Falcon in Unfamiliar Territory”
All good plays need a title that might throw the unwary viewer in the wrong direction.
Scene 1. A roadway somewhere along the Western Treatment Plant. Single treeline along roadway. Magpies embedded in trees carolling among themselves.
Enter Stage Left. Single Brown Falcon, flying about tree height toward the roadway. Point to note. Brown is flying slowly and deliberately.
Scene 2. Brown approaches treeline directly toward Magpies. Still slow and deliberate.
Scene 3. In a fit of rage, the Magpies rise to attack Brown. Brown maintains slow pace seemingly unconcerned by the impending attack.
Scene 4. Magpies swoop on the slow-moving falcon. One more bold than the others locks on to Brown.
Scene 5. Magpie now clinging to Brown’s back begins to viciously peck at the Brown’s head
Scene 6. Brown rolls away and down, to turn upside down to both shake of Magpie and adopt a defensive legs up position.
Scene 7. Magpie, outclassed with the big talons, and knowing it, breaks off the challenge.
Scene 8. Brown exists Stage Right.
Scene 1. Second Brown Falcon enters from Stage Left, carrying a substantial ‘kill’. Flys fast and wide of Magpie Tree to head in direction of first Brown.
And like the good Greek audiences of old, we had plenty to talk about, unresolved moments, challenges of the characters and the mystery fly past of the second bird.
Synopsis: Possible conclusion.
Brown 1 deliberately flew into the magpie territory to distract the magpies while its mate carried home the ‘shopping’. OR perhaps it was all co-incidental.
Either way my Drama Writing Mentor would have seen the Challenge of the Brown, as a form of hubris that met its Nemesis. Or, perhaps the Magpies were in fact the ones that did not see all the action unfold blinded by their one desire.
More to ponder.
About to engage
Locked on. Brown seems unaware
Magpie pecking at Brown’s head
Defensive position coming about
Wise to stay away from those grappling irons
A wise magpie once said, “Time to fly away to live to fight another day”
Final Act. Second Brown carries home dinner.