Scene 1 The cloakroom desk at a charity ball
At a cloakroom desk, after the charity ball has finished. Jamie is standing behind the desk taking tickets and fetching coats etc. from a rail out of sight. Mr Lilly has a ticket but the coat is not on the rail.
Mr Lilly: Darling, do be a sweetie and check for me again, there must be some mistake.
Jamie: By all mean, Mr Lilly, Would you mind describing the coat?
Mr Lilly: Well, it’s rather distinctive, my dear. Scarlet collar, vermillion buttons
and a rather intense shade of turquoise on the whole.
Jamie: I’m not sure that …
Mr Lilly: (interrupts) Just check. That’s all I ask … darling.
Jamie: One moment, sir.
(JAMIE goes out of sight. Sound of coat hangers screeching across a rail.)
Mr Lilly: Darling!
Jamie: (JAMIES’s head appears from around corner) Yes, sir?
Mr Lilly: What time do you finish work this evening, sweet child?
Jamie: Ah. Well, after 12pm? When everyone has gone home?
Mr Lilly: I’ll tell you what, sweet-pants, if you find my coat, why don’t you bring
it around to my address – here’s my card (hands JAMIE a card)
Jamie: And if I don’t find it?
Mr Lilly: Well, my little sugar-puff, do come anyway. I’ll be sure to reward you
handsomely for your sterling efforts.
Jamie: (smiles) Well, I’ll try my best.
Mr Lilly: I’m sure you will, my dear. I’m sure you will. (winks) Well, toodle-pip.
See you later, dear heart. (wriggles fingers)
Jamie: Good night, Mr Lilly
Mr Lilly: Oh, I’m sure it will be.
(Mr Lilly exits SL)
Sam: (to next person in the queue) May I take your ticket, Madam?
Woman: Certainly, young man – there you are.