The Duke

06 Aug

a play for radio

(RTÉ, 2004)


The ticking of a mantelpiece clock

DUKE: Yes, it’s curious, isn’t it?
BILLY: What?
DUKE: It’s got nothing to do with closing your eyes.
DUKE: Nothing to do with the blackness of sleep. BILLY: I suppose not…

The rustle of a newspaper

DUKE: I seem to be going further each night.
BILLY: Really? Further? How do you mean – further?
DUKE: Further. Into wherever the hell it is I go.
BILLY: When you’re asleep?
DUKE: When I’m asleep.
BILLY: You haven’t been sleeping properly, then?
DUKE: Oh, I’ve been sleeping. It’s just I’ve been going places.



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