Cycle Path, The - A Stage Musical

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By Fiona Whelpton

ORIGINAL NOVEL AVAILABLE IN BOTH PAPERBACK AND E-BOOK

ISBN: 978-1-905610-48-8
First Published: 2004
This Edition: 2007
Pages: 184
Key Themes: conversion syndrome disorder, anxiety, abuse, activism, Christianity

"After reading The Cycle Path I came away with a better understanding of the issues sufferers face and of the opportunities." - Sir Nigel Crisp, Former NHS Chief Executive

ďFiona Whelpton is a gifted and wonderfully talented writer. Her piece 'The Cycle Path' tugs at your heart and begs you to ask the question; do we have to be different? 'The Cycle Path', through its words, music and staging has done something so special - telling the story of those of us living with dysfunction and disability and through it all a message of hope." Ė Jamie Glaser, Author and Internationally Renowned Musician.

Description

This is the stage musical script of 'The Cycle Path' previously released by Chipmunka as a paperback in 2004. The musical is expected to make its stage debut in 2007.

'The Cycle Path' is the remarkable story of a woman who suffers from and overcomes Conversion Syndrome Disorder (CSD), a rare, crippling and extremely frightening condition which causes physical paralysis bought on by anxiety. This real life story describes how Fiona experienced domestic abuse, family problems and how she managed somehow to overcome all this not knowing for years what her illness was. She is now a successful journalist and activist. The Cycle Path is an admirable story of hope and empowerment and is essential reading for all health workers and sufferers of similar conditions - particularly as CSD is so unknown and widely misunderstood.

About the Author

Fiona Whelpton was born in London in 1957 and now lives in Nottingham. As a youngster Fiona wanted to become a professional musician, but she couldn't because it caused her too much stress - something that her condition dictates she must avoid. Instead she became interested in writing and read English Literature and Media at Nottingham Trent University. She is an accomplished poet having had an anthology of sketch work and poetry called 'Patchwork Windows' published with the Lost Artists group. In 2004 Fiona received the Snowden award for journalism which will allow her to pursue her dream of being a top journalist; she is currently working on getting this musical performed on stage.

Book Extract

THE KITCHEN, THE FOLLOWING MORNING.
FIONA: Why canít I find my tablets? Daniel didnít come back until really late, as normal. I never saw him, but he woke me up playing his music full-blast.
(TELEPHONE RINGS SHE GOES TO ANSWER IT) Mum Ė
MRS WHELPTON: Are we going shopping today?
FIONA: Yes.
Mrs. Whelpton: Make sure you and Matthew are ready early, and Iíll be over to fetch him.
FIONA: Thanks Mum. (PUTS PHONE DOWN BUT SHE THEN BEGINS TO STRUGGLE WITH HER WALKING.)
FIONA: I donít think Iíll be able to go out today, better try though. Maybe if I walk through the pain, Iíll be able to carry on moving ÖÖ but right now, I donít know that Iíll even be able to manage the stairs. If only I could find my painkillers. Thereís absolutely no sign of Daniel. Well if next try to get ready.
EXITS.

THEME SONG AS WE TRAVEL ON LIFEíS JOURNEY.
AS WE TRAVEL ON LIFEíS JOURNEY
IT TAKES US DOWN A PATH
OF RICH EXPERIENCES, THAT MOULD USAND MAKE US INTO THE PERSON THAT WE BECOME
AT THE END OF THE JOURNEY.

THE CYCLES MOVE FORWARD COMPLETING
LIFEíS CYCLE.
SO WE REACH OUR GOAL AND HOLD ONTO
THE JOURNEY OF LIFEíS RICH PROMISES.

FIONAíS KITCHEN.. FIONA COMES BACK WITH MATTHEW, REALLY STRUGGLING AS SHE TRIES TO GET HIS COAT ON,
FIONA: Come on, Matthew, Granny will be here in a minute.
MATTHEW (yelling) I donít want to go out.
FIONA: Youíll enjoy seeing Grin. Come on. Sheíll be here in a minute. MATTHEW; NO!!! (STAMPS FEET.)
FIONA; Matthew Ė I really donít want to have to smack you Ė put your coat on.
MATTHEW: No. I WONíT. (STARTS SCREAMING)
(KNOCKING ON THE WALL)
FIONA: Thatís the neighbour. Now see what youíve done. Youíre nothing but a spoiled brat.
(LOUD KNOCK ON THE DOOR) Thatís Granny. (GOES TO OPEN THE DOOR. MRS WHELPTON STANDING OUTSIDE.
MRS WHELPTON: Arenít you ready yet? I gave you plenty of warning. You could at least be ready on time.
FIONA: I havenít been able to get Matthew to do a single thing heís been told this morning. I canít walk properly this morning, either. Just take him. Iíve had enough.
MRS WHELPTON: What about the shopping?
FIONA: I donít think I can walk.
MRS WHELPTON: There are wheelchairs in there. Weíll just have to use one of theirs. Get your walking sticks, and weíll be off.
ALL EXIT.

CHORUS OF WHEELCHAIR USERS AND SIGNERS ONSTAGE.
WHEELCHAIR USERSÖ..SOME CAN STAND UP , SOME SIT DOWN. THOSE STANDING UP USING WALKING STICKS LIKE A FRED ASTAIRE STYLE CANE.
TAP DANCE.
SONG: WE DONíT HAVE TO BE DIFFERENT.
DO WE HAVE TO BE DIFFERENT,
DIFFERENT FROM THE NORM?
DO WE HAVE TO BE DIFFERENT
TO BE ABLE TO WEATHER THE STORM?
WHY DO WE HAVE TO BE DIFFERENT,
BEFORE THEY HEAR WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY?
WHATíS WRONG WITH ďDIFFERENTĒ?
WHATíS ďDIFFERENTĒ, ANYWAY?
I DONíT NEED TO BE ASHAMED
BECAUSE MY WALKING GETS IN THE WAY.
MY LEGS AND ARMS DONíT WORK THE SAME,
THE SAME AS YOU, AND ME
BUT EVEN IF THEY DONíT WORK RIGHT,
IT DOESNíT MEAN THAT YOU
CANíT BEAR THE SIGHT
OR STOPS US STANDING UP TO FIGHT.

WE ARE JUST THE SAME AS YOU AND ME,
BUT ďDIFFERENTĒ BUT YOU JUST NEED TO SEE,
BEYOND THE DIFFERENCE IS REALITY,
DREAMING OF WHAT I WANT TO BE,
AND WHAT I HOPE YOUíLL BE ABLE TO SEE.

FIONAíS FRONT DOOR. MRS WHELPTON, FIONA AND MATTHEW STANDING OUTSIDE WITH SHOPPING BAGS ON THE FLOOR..

FIONA: Iíll get my keys. (FUMBLES AROUND, DROPS THEM ON THE FLOOR, STRUGGLES TO BEND DOWN TO PICK THEM UP.TRIES TO PUT THEM IN THE LOCK, BUT CANíT) I canít unlock the door. Daniel must have locked it with his keys. (SHOUTING AND KNOCKING) Daniel, can you hear me? (No response.)
Weíll have to go to the phone box.
MRS WHELPTON: Iíll go. I think it will be easier if you and Matthew wait here.
EXITS. RETURNS SHORTLY AFTERWARDS.
MRS WHELPTON: I spoke to Danielís Dad. He did come back to the flat. Danielís Dadís coming over, he says weíll have to go and spend the night at my place Ė we have no choice. (Picks up shopping) How will he be able to get in?
ALL EXIT.

NARRATOR( ONSTAGE) When Danielís father eventually managed to get into the flat, with the help of the police, who had to break the door down, they found that he had taken an overdose of Fionaís medication, and was unconscious, so he had to go to the hospital for a stomach pump, and stay there for a few days.
He also told Fiona that he wasnít coping Ė that he might have to move out altogether, but they decided to give things another chance. There was always another chance, and another, and another and anotherÖÖÖÖ
It took Fiona a very long time to realize that she wasnít doing herself or her family any favours by giving him so many chances, sometimes itís like flogging a dead horse. But eventually Daniel made that choice for her. He disappeared with Matthew. She would never be able to trust him again, ever, and neither could her son, not only that, but it would make life so difficult for Matthew that he might find it impossible to ever trust adults again.

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