A CYBERCAFE. WE LOOK AROUND. DEAN IS AT A TERMINAL. KATIE IS HANGING ABOUT OUTSIDE LOOKING IN. BEN AND ANNIE ARE AT A TABLE. BEN IS EATING A SLICE OF SOMETHING GOOEY. ANNIE HAS A DIET COKE. BEN Want a bit ? ANNIE No thanks BEN Iím not surprised after what you ate at Rossís party last night. ANNIE What are you talking about BEN The amazing disappearance of about a million of these chicken wingding things down your gob. You turned into a total pig. ANNIE I did not ! I hardly ate any of them ! BEN You did. And the mini Mars Bars. You were really stuffing yourself. ANNIE That is SO not true ! I hate you ! Anyway what would you know. . .you were only there for five minutes. BEN I had stuff to do at home. ANNIE Surprise, surprise Anyway - you could have said. I could have come home with you. BEN LOOKS AT HER. HE OBVIOUSLY DOESNíT KNOW WHAT TO SAY. JOANNE JOINS THEM JOANNE There you are ! I thought you were going to call me first thing. I needed you ! I bet my maths homework is gonna be complete rubbish and itís all your fault ! Hi, Ben. ANNIE I went to an aerobics class. I called you at lunchtime. Your dad said you and your mum were at your brotherís school. JOANNE Er...yeah BEN I thought your brother was nineteen. . .he must be a real thicko if heís still at school ! JOANNE Thatís so typical ! If you must know he. . .he helps out on a Saturday with some problem kids. BEN Iíd be a problem kid if I had to go to school on a Saturday. JOANNE Look, are you two getting a terminal ? ANNIE Yeah, probably. (TO BEN) But not if youíre going to chat to these saddoes on the Courtney Cox Fanline BEN Jealousyís a terrible thing. HE GOES JOANNE Wouldnít surprise me if he had a Courtney duvet cover. ANNIE Not that Iím likely to find out. JOANNE Have you still not been back to his place ? ANNIE No. He says his dad works at home and he doesnít like people around the place. JOANNE Mmmm. Well - it might be true. You never know. ANNIE No. And I canít take him to mine because I told mum Iíd dumped him. She doesnít think he is Ďthe typeí I should be mixing with. She thinks he is a bad influence. JOANNE Heís a bad influence ? Your mum obviously doesnít know about you dragging Jack Smith into Rossís mumís bedroom at the party last night. ANNIE You wonít tell Ben will you ? JOANNE Whatís it worth ? ANNIE Iíll redo your maths homework ? JOANNE Deal ! DEAN IS AT A TERMINAL. KATIE IS NOW INSIDE AND WATCHING HIM. KATIE You fancy that Joanne, donít you ? DEAN Everybody fancies Joanne. KATIE Why donít you ask her out ? DEAN Because sheís not going to want to go out with someone like me. KATIE What do you mean - someone like you ? DEAN Look - why donít you get your own terminal ? Iíll give you the money if you like ? KATIE I donít need you to lend me the money. DEAN Itís just - I might want to get into one of the. . .you know. . .chatline KATIE You mean the sexlines DEAN Well I couldnít do it with you watching KATIE Why not ? I could explain the words you donít understand. DEAN REACHES OUT AND SQUASHES KATIEíS CRISPS FLAT. DEAN Do your parents know you hang out here ? I mean wonít your mum worry about you? KATIE No. Does your mum know you use dirty chatlines ? DEAN She wouldnít care. Could you get me an orange Tango. Thereís the money. And get yourself one too. TOM COMES IN. LOOKS AROUND. NODS HELLO TO BEN AND GOES UP TO LOOK AT MAGAZINES. JOANNE JOINS HIM. JOANNE Hi Tom. What happened to you at Tobyís party ? You didnít stay very long. TOM Oh. .it wasnít really my kind of thing. JOANNE Oooo -What is your kind of thing, then TOM BLUSHES FURIOUSLY AND MUMBLES JOANNE GIGGLES Annie got off with Jack Smith. TOM Has she split up with Ben ? JOANNE No TOM Oh JOANNE Why do you fancy her or something ? TOM No way. JOANNE I think she should, though. . .I mean Benís really cute. . but, I mean, heís weird. They've been going out together for two months and she's never even been invited back to his house ! TOM So ? Just because he doesn't do exactly what you think he should do that doesn't make him weird. JOANNE Well Annie thinks it's weird. . . TOM Annie seems to think that everything that's not Annie is weird. She is such a control freak. When you talk to her it's like she's giving you a mark out of ten. JOANNE Yeah, well. . .at the moment Ben is scoring about a three. . . SHE WALKS OFF But she's getting me an ĎA' in maths. I'm going to get a terminal. . . TOM Mmmmm WE FOLLOW JOANNE SHE GOES TO THE COUNTER GREGORY Ah - the lovely Joanne. . .and what has the Cybercafe's answer to Jennifer Aniston been doing with herself this weekend ? JOANNE Nothing. Why - has someone been saying something ? GREGORY No. ...now then. . .your usual terminal with a view ? JOANNE Yes please GREGORY HANDING HER A LEAFLET Website news. . .Another Babylon 5 page. . .dedicated to the Shadows. Tsk. . .I remember when the Shadows meant four guys in suits who backed Cliff Richard. A BLANK STARE FROM JOANNE Never mind. The Mitchells. Phil and Grant's Funpage - only joking. .it's all a bit grim actually..... . . .Hanson. . not your scene. . .Prince William. . .with pictures. . .Tellytubbies oh yes and The Cloakroom. JOANNE What is that ? ANNIE JOINS THEM ANNIE What is what ? Have you seen the pictures of Prince William ? That girl on No 3 is on some new website dedicated to him. . He is so cute . GREGORY Do you know who downloaded a couple of the new Friends pages ? JOANNE AND ANNIE Ben. GREGORY (LOOKING ADMIRINGLY AT THE PAGES) Very nice. I think I'm a Courtney man . She's got a great body. JOANNE ĎYou too can have a body like mine - just spend half your life with your head down the toilet !!! ANNIE How can you say that ? So she was bulemic. . . why is that a joke ? God. . .no wonder people keep these things to themselves no matter how awful it is. All that happens when you tell anyone is that they make fun of you ! A QUIZZICAL GLANCE FROM JOANNE GREGORY Well now you don't need to tell your friends. . .you can go to The Cloakroom. ANNIE The what ? GREGORY The Cloakroom - it's where you go with anything that's hanging you up. Cloakroom. . .hang-ups. . .gettit ? Its a great idea. . because no one will trace you. . you have total, perfect anonimity. You could confess to murder and nobody would know who you were ANNIE Joanne could let all her embarrassing secrets out JOANNE SHARPLY What embarrassing secrets ? Who says I've got embarrassing secrets ? BEN ARRIVES BEN Nothing wrong with secrets. Some things are better secret. GREGORY So it'll be separate terminals, then ? THEY ALL EXCHANGE GLANCES BEN Er...yeah. . . .I mean I'll be talking to saddoes about Courtney Cox JOANNE I hate sharing, anyway. And I might need to download some stuff for my Media Studies project. GREGORY Oh yes. . .I got an e-mail for you, Annie. . .someone in Venezuela thanking you for the poem about George Clooney. . . BEN And you think I'm sad ???!!! HE GOES ANNIE (WITH A FURIOUS GLANCE AT GREGORY) AND JOANNE GO GREGORY(NOTICING KATIE AT THE OTHER END OF THE COUNTER) Hey ! Get your thieving little mitts off my muffins ! KATIE I was only looking !! GREGORY Looking , you do with your eyes. KATIE PICKS UP A MUFFIN AND TAKES IT TO GREGORY KATIE I'd like this and two orange Tangos please GREGORY That's one pound seventy five, please. . . .and you may as well take that one you've just fingered. I can't sell it to anyone else. SHE HESITATES. THEN TAKES IT AND EATS. . . .you not taking a terminal today. KATIE Nah. . . GREGORY (POINTING AT LEAFLET) Some good new websites. KATIE (READING) The Cloakroom ? What's that then ? GREGORY It is a chatline. You can go there with yopur hang ups. . hang ups. . .Cloakroom . . . KATIE That's stupid GREGORY Suit yourself. But we've probably all got something we don't like to let on about. . .I've got things about me that I wouldn't want anyone to know. . things I haven't even told my best friend. . . KATIE In case he wouldn't be your best friend any more . . . GREGORY Exactly. But I could go to The Cloakroom. I might find other people like me. . . KATIE Maybe. GREGORY Look. . .number ten is empty. . .and it has been a bit iffy today. . I've actually just given it a bit of a going over. . .don't suppose you'd like to see if it's working alright, would you ? KATIE Well.... GREGORY I'd be ever so grateful KATIE OK. She goes. COMPUTER SCREEN IDENT COMES UP THERE IS A CONVERSATION GOING ON ON SCREEN THE FOLLOWING LINES COME UP IN WRITING. AS WELL AS SEEING THE WORDS, WE HEAR THEM IN VOICEOVER. SNEEKEYPETE So why do you think you'll never get a boyfriend. You seem pretty ok to me. Have you got two heads. . .are you a serial killer ? AJ I'm fat! SNEEKEYPETE Is that all ? That's not a problem. AJ Have you ever been out with a fat girl ? A PAUSE CUT TO A BEDROOM. DIMLY LIT. WE SEE OVER A SHOULDER THE CONVERSATION CONTINUE ON SCREEN. THE CAMERA PANS ROUND TO REVEAL AJ. A CHUBBY TEENAGE GIRL. I didn't think so. BACK ON SCREEN GREGORY Well I don't know anyone who would turn down the chance of a date with Dawn French. CUT TO ANOTHER DARKENED ROOM A BOY THIS TIME. WE SEE HIM FACE ON SO THAT WE HEAR HIS WORDS AS HE TYPES THEM FOREIGNER My cousin is large. She is very beautiful with skin that glows and lovely eyes. Think how lucky you are, AJ. To be like everyone else. . just bigger. I am refugee. I feel I am not like anybody in this country. I feel my face is wrong, my english is wrong. My father is no longer with us and my mother cries all day. We have no money and no home like before. The english people where I live call us . . I think parasite. ON SCREEN THE WORDS COME UP AJ You should hear what they call me! Do you have McDonalds where you come from ? FOREIGNER SMILES. CUT TO COMPUTER SCREEN FULL SCREEN. SCREEN TELLS UP DD HAS ENTERED THE ROOM SPICEHi, DD DD HI SPICE First time ? DD Yeah. SPICE So what's your problem ? DD No problem. . .just exploring the web SPICE That's what they all say. First time. JJ Took you three weeks before you told people you were deaf, Didn't it., you great soft twat ! SPICE That's JJ. His dad's an alkie. JJ Thanks SPICE SPICE (:-) DD It must be awful. JJ You get used to it. DD But when your dad's drunk. .if he breaks things. .falls down. . like, every night. . You can't have any friends home, can you. . And what about when he hits people. . And the smell. . the smell in the house JJ So how long has your dad been drinking ? NOTHING DD ? Are you there ? Look - you can talk about it. Having a dad who is an alchoholic isn't. . . . WE SEE HANDS ON THE KEYBOARD TYPING. DD It's my mum WE PULL OUT TO SEE THAT IT IS DEAN JJ (ONSCREEN AGAIN) Ok. . just because your mum is ill. . . BEANO Ill ? You don't know what you're talking about. Your dad and his mum are't ill. They're just pissheads. They're drunks. That's not ill. DD You see - That's why I never tell anyone. It is better to be a secret. BEANO Secret ? How would you feel if you came home one day and your mum told you that your dad had AIDS. He had AIDS because he slept with a druggie and he didn't even use a condom and he got it off her ! THAT's a secret !!! How would you feel about that ? OVER THAT SPEECH WE PULL OUT TO REVEAL BEN. GREGORY Hey. . .come on you guys. . .can we settle down here ? DD Who are you ? GREGORY I'm the moderator of this site. . .I help people out with advice. . if I can BEANO Great. . .a cybershrink GREGORY I am not a cyber shrink ! BEANO So my dad's got AIDS. my mum cries all the time. I can't talk to any of my friends about it and my girlfriends gonna dump me because I never ask her back to my place . . .advise me on that ! DD Don't give the guy a hard time. . .it's not his fault your dad's got AIDS BEANO I know. . it's my dad's fault. . and that slag he was sleeping with KK Typical. . . blame the woman. DD He needs someone to blame BEANO Great. . .another Cybershrink ! DD Well you do. . .don't you. . . It really helps to know whose fault it all is. BEANO Its not that simple. You don't know what it's like. AIDS isn't like other diseases. . .I mean I sometimes really wish he had cancer or something. .. AIDS is like a disease for. . well, not for normal people. . .do you know what I mean ? KK I know. . . drug addicts . gays. prostitutes. BEANO When my mum told me what was wrong with him I thought he must be queer. And so I know that that's what everyone else will think if I tell them. . . TT So you are going through all this secrecy, not because your dad is sick. . .but because you are worried that people will think he's gay ? BEANO Would you want people thinking your dad was gay ? TT You don't know how funny that is. KK I know a girl who is HIV+ Her mum and dad have dumped her. . .She hasn't seen her best friend since she told her. . . . she knows loads of people who have lost jobs and everything because they are positive. DD Isn't that illegal ? KK You can't make it illegal to be an arsehole GREGORY Language, please, KK. KK Well what would you call someone who dumps their best mate just because she is HIV + ? GREGORY Ignorant. . .frightened, maybe. BEANO Frightened ? It's my dad that's gonna die ! TT Isn't he on one of the new combination therapies ? BEANO Don't know. I don't talk to him about it. TT Well you should. . .there are amazing new drugs that can really help, you know BEANO How come you know so much ? TT I read. BEANO Where do you read about that sort of stuff ? TT Magazines. . different places. BEANO Is that your secret . . . you are a secret reading addict TT I wish BEANO So what is it then ? TT Who says I've got a secret ? BEANO You're here. . . SILENCE Come on. You know stuff about me not even my best friend or my girlfriend knows. TOM SITS BACK FROM HIS COMPUTER. OBVIOUSLY TORN. HE LOOKS OVER AT BEN. WATCHES HIM FOR A MOMENT. BEN LOOKS UP AND GRINS. TOM SMILES BACK AND QUICKLY GOES BACK TO HIS COMPUTER. TT No. It's not the same. Your problem is with your dad. . . My problem is with me. You wouldn't understand. #### TOM SITS BACK AGAIN. JOANNE COMES UP AND SITS BESIDE HIM. HE QUICKLY EXITS THE CHATLINE. JOANNE Hi Tom. TOM Hi JOANNE Can I get you a coke or something ? TOM No thanks, I'm ok. JOANNE HOVERS JOANNE Are you going to Jake's party next week ? TOM Er. . .I don't think so. JOANNE Oh. That's a shame. A SLIGHT PAUSE JOANNE Er. . .Annie and Ben and me are going to the cinema tomorrow. . would you like to come ? TOM What are you going to see. JOANNE Don't know. TOM With Annie and Ben ? JOANNE Yeah TOM OK JOANNE Great ! SHE GOES. TOM GETS BACK INTO THE CHAT LINE KK My dad's in prison. For three years. SILENCE BEANO That must be tough. Not having him around. KK Yeah. Nearly as tough as having him around. TT So do you live with your mum ? KK I look after myself. PULL OUT TO REVEAL KATIE TT You mean you live on your own ? KK Sometimes DD Don't be stupid KK - you go out on the streets and it's hard to get back in.My mum used to sleep rough sometimes and when I went looking for her I met kids out there. GREGORY There is an organisation called NACRO, KK. You could try talking to them about your dad. Or a friend. People understand more than you think. BEANO Do your mates have regular homes ? KK Mates ?. Get real. Even if someone would be friends with a kid whose dad is inside . . .how do you think their parents would react ? Anyway. . who needs mates ? I do OK. DD I win prizes for ďI do OKĒ Take it from me - as soon as you say ďI do OKĒ you do not do OK. WE READ RACHEL HAS ENTERED THE ROOM RACHEL I agree with DD. BEN Who are you ? RACHEL Just someone. DD is right. You think you're doing OK. But you're not. KK You don't know. RACHEL Maybe. But I know what it is like to have something about your life that you just hate. And I know about being scared that if I tell even my best friend. . .then everyone will know. They'll think my brother's a freak. TT Why would people think he's a freak ? BEANO Maybe he supports Chelsea ! KK How are you going to think when LaLa wants her brain back ? BEANO Look - I know you're having a tough time of it but are you always so aggressive that you can't even recognise a joke ? KK What is this Ďfreak' thing with your brother ? #### BEN GOES TO THE COUNTER BEN Can I have a Coke. And have you got a Cadbury's Caramel ? GREGORY Yes and no. PLONKS DOWN COKE Can I interest you in a Wispa ? They're on special offer. . .25p BEN I like Caramels GREGORY Hard on the outside, soft on the inside. A QUIZZICAL LOOK Remind you of anyone you know ? BEN What ? GREGORY (HE OPENS A CARAMEL) Looks just like an ordinary chocolate bar on the outside. . . but inside. . .all soft and squishy. BEN LOOKS DEFENSIVE. HE LOOKS AWAY. HE SEES KATY BEN I think that Katy's like that. . .she's well hard on the outside. . but you can see in her eyes she's not on the inside. GREGORY I think you're right. Have you ever talked to her about it ? BEN Don't be daft. She wouldn't want someone. . . interfering. GREGORY How do you know ? Wouldn't you ? WE SEE THE QUESTION HAS HIT HOME. A PAUSE. BEN Can I have my Caramel or what ? WE CUT. BACK ON SCREEN DD Come on Rachel - you make it sound like you're living with the Addams Family. KK Welcome to the club ! RACHEL My brother's got Down's Syndrome BEANO You mean he's a mongol ? RACHEL Yeah - my brother's a mongol like your dad's got the gay plague ! Thanks. BEANO Sorry. I didn't think. RACHEL You're no worse than most people. That's why I don't talk about it. My friends wouldn't know what to do if I told them. He's really sweet. But sort of slow and. . .well. . .funnny. I don't want them being weird with him Ďcos then I'd get mad at them It would all just go wrong. BEANO Are you ashamed of him ? RACHEL No. Well. No ! Not ashamed. . BEANO You don't want anyone to know about him. . or meet him and make up their own minds. But you're not ashamed. . . ##### KATE GOES TO LOO. ANNIE IS COMING OUT OF CUBICLE, WIPING MOUTH KATIE (GOING INTO CUBICLE) You OK ? ANNIE Yeah. I'm fine. KATIE You're Joanne's mate aren't you ? ANNIE Yeah KATIE She got a boyfriend ? ANNIE What ? KATIE She got a boyfriend ? ANNIE That's none of your business ! KATIE So she hasn't, then. ANNIE What's it to you ? KATIE I just know someone who fancies her. ANNIE Yeah, well, I don't think she'd go out with anyone you know. KATIE What about the people I know ? ANNIE GIVES A LOOK AND SWEEPS OUT KATIE LOOKS IN MIRROR KATIE Actually, Annie I'd like you to know that my dad's in prison and I'm sleeping in a squat tonight. Because I know you'll understand and still want me as a friend. Not ! Thank you Mr Moderator. ######## BACK AT THE COMPUTERS DD So, he's got Down's Syndrome. I mean - if you're ok with him. . ..then why wouldn't your friends be ? RACHEL I don't know. Why don't you think your friends would understand about your mum ? DD I don't know. BEANO I didn't think my friends would understand about my dad because I didn't. I really hated him. AIDS. . .some people think DD People think a lot of things. My gran thinks black people haave heavier bones than white people. She says that's why they're not good swimmers. WE SEE GREGORY LAUGHING RACHEL My aunt thinks catholics have smaller eyes than protestants BEANO OK so they're wrong. Doesn't stop it hurting. KK And they decide stuff about you because of your parents. If my dad was Lenny Henry they'd think I'd be funny. If my dad was a professor they'd think I'd be clever. My dad's a criminal. A PAUSE GREGORY Let people get to know you. You know people you like. Let them like you. Then talk to them about your dad. KK This is so weird. I've never talked about this stuff. BEANO Us neither KK And we wouldn't be doing it if we were all in the same room together. SHE LAUGHS THE OTHERS LAUGH. THEY EACH LOOK A BIT STARTLED. THEY ALL GO BACK TO THEIR SCREENS. #### ANNIE IS SITTING AT TERMINAL NEAR BEN. ANNIE You sound like you're having fun. BEN Er, yeah. Spice Girls jokes from a guy in the States ! ANNIE Isn't modern technology wonderful ! BEN LOOKS AT HER FOR A MOMENT AND THEN TURNS BACK TO HIS SCREEN ANNIE Anyone found anything interesting ? ALL (VARIOUSLY LOOKING UP) No ! MEANWHILE BACK ON SCREEN GREGORY Why not contact Al Anon, DD ? That is an organisation for families of alchoholics, run by families of alchoholics - there is nothing that has happened to you that they won't understand. DD What's the point ? I can just see my mum being happy that I've gone off to talk to strangers about her behind her back.. GREGORY They're not strangers. . .they are people just like you. And they have a section called Al Teen - for young people. Look. . .can I give you their website ? DD Maybe. BEANO Make the most of it ! At least you've got something ! Have you ever heard of AIDS-Anon ? GREGORY No. . but there is The National AIDS Helpline. . .its a good place to start RACHEL Great - so all I need is your number for Downs Anon and we're all happy GREGORY You could do worse than contact The Downs Syndrome Association. They are in touch with loads of families like yours. So. . . while I've got my little black database open. . .anyone else in the market for some information ? MONICA Me A PAUSE What happens when it is not your mum or your dad that is trashing your life ? What happens when it is you ? BEANO You mean like you are an alchoholic ? MONICA No. It's not as easy as that. BEANO And I suppose it's not as simple as AIDS either ? MONICA Well. . .no. I mean from what I can make out you lot have all got problems to do with someone else. It would be different if you were the alchoholic, DD, wouldn't it. DD At least then I could get on with doing something about it. MONICA Supposing you couldn't ? BEANO Supposing you try ? MONICA Oh that is really helpful ! TT Sometimes it's got nothing to do with trying. Sometimes it's just you. MONICA Thank you TT. BEANO Oh the secret reading addict is back ! TT Can you say what your problem is, Monica ? MONICA I don't know. I never have. Not said it out loud. Or written it down. It's like then I couldn't take it back. TT I know what you mean. BEANO Should we guess ? KK Sorry - that's Beano. . .every chatline has a jerk and he's ours BEANO Sorry. A PAUSE At least if you say it here, you're safe. MONICA You don't understand. A LONGER PAUSE TT I'm gay ANOTHER PAUSE Great. Isn't anyone going to talk to me any more ? BEANO How do you know ? TT How do you know that you're straight BEANO Don't be stupid ! TT Took the words right out of my mouth. MONICA But I don't understand - Why is being gay a problem ? BEANO Yeah - it's cool. . .And it leaves more girls for me ! KK In your dreams Beanbag MONICA But there's loads of pop stars and actors who are gay. . people on telly. . . TT They are not fifteen with a dad who uses words like deviant and pervert when he talks about anyone who is gay. And my mum quotes the bible if I ever bring the subject up. BEANO What about your mates. . they must know TT It's not tattooed on my forehead you know. And look at how you reacted when you found out about your dad. . .you thought that he was gay. . .and you wouldn't have wanted anyone to know if he was. KK Nice one TT. He's got you there Beano ! BEANO That's different. TT OK - did you ever think any of your friends might be gay ? BEANO No. HE LOOKS ACROSS AT TOM WHO IS GAZING INTENTLY AT HIS TERMINAL TT Well, I'm somebody's friend. I can't exactly stand up in class and shout ďanyone else here think they're a queer ? Let's talkĒ KK So how do you meet other gay people ? TT I don't. As far as I know I could be the only gay 15 year old on the planet. I can't go to bars or gay clubs. . and when I go to parties I just get hassled because I never get off with any girls. GREGORY TT - can I suggest something ? TT Another of your websites ? GREGORY The Albert Kennedy Trust was set up to help gay teenagers just like you. I have a number for them BEANO Go for it, TT ! MONICA Sounds good to me ! What more could you want ? TT I want to know what's bugging you. BEANO You know about the rest of us. . come on MONICA ..it can't be that bad. TT Maybe the telling is worse than the problem ? You're a control freak. I know that. That's why you chose the name MONICA. .yes ? MONICA So - a Friends fan ! Look - can we talk about something else ? What's happened to DD ? CUT TO DD. HE IS SCANNING THE AL-ANON WEBSITE. BACK TO THE SCREEN. MONICA KK ? You must be looking forward to your dad getting out of prison. Even though he's done bad things. KK Not really. The bad things he's in for include beating up my mum. And me. A PAUSE MONICA I'm sorry. I didn''t mean TT Are you anorexic Monica ? Is it something like that ? SILENCE Well ? MONICA I'm A PAUSE I'm bulemic Why did you ask that ? TT I was reading a thing about the kinds of people who are most likely to have problems like that. A PAUSE MONICA Great, predictable too. Pathetic. Isn't it.. I really despise myself. The only thing I'm really good at is making sure nobody knows. BEANO Maybe if you told a friend it would help. . I mean a real friend MONICA So will you be turning round when you log off to tell your Ďreal friends' all about your dad. BEANO No. But that's . . . TT Have you never told anyone ? MONICA How could I ? You should know. TT What about one of these Eating Disorder groups ? MONICA I've got phone numbers for Bulemics Anonymous , Eating Disorders Association. . all sorts But I can't go there. I want to work it out for myself TT How long have you been A PAUSE like this ? MONICA About two years BEANO Then you're not very good at working it out for yourself, are you ? MONICA What would you know ? You're just fine. Everything that's wrong with your life can be dumped on your dad. YOU don't have a problem. BEANO I do. You might not think it is much of a problem. But it's MY problem. And so it's as big as I think it is. I read about a boy who killed himself because he didn't think he'd done well enough in his GCSEs. Now I don't think that's a problem. I bet you don't. But he did. And he killed himself. So tell him HE doesn't have a problem. GREGORY Is this a private fight or can anyone join in ? I have listened to people who have big problems with things that you would laugh at. . .liking someone in their class and feeling that they can't do anything about it TT I wouldn't laugh at that. RACHEL Me neither GREGORY Feeling that they don't fit in because they are poorer that the rest of their friends. . .or have stricter parents. . . or if their accent is different. So In one way Beano is right. The size of the problem is in the mind of whoever has the problem. MONICA So I'm making a mountain out of a molehill ? Thanks ! You should try it. It is like having an addiction. . .only it's not like drink or drugs you're addicted to. . .you can't ďget offĒ food. GREGORY Which is why you should talk with people who know about it. You don't need to do what they say. . .you don't need to identify yourself. Just try it. BEANO Go on Monica. It's a start. MONICA You don't know how big a thing it would be. . even just phoning up. . TT I do. But he's right. It might not work. But it would be something. MONICA Maybe BEANO I think it might be easier to talk to someone you don't know. TT Sometimes. But the answer to every problem can't just be to get on the internet and become a cyber-person. BIG G At least you lot know there are real people out there you could talk to. RACHEL How would we know them when we met them ? BEANO I look like Brad Pitt MONICA I think Brad Pitt's horrible TT I don't. RACHEL I have to go now. BEANO Me too TT And me MONICA Bye. I Might be back here next week. . .if anyone wants to talk. TT Yeah. That would be good. BEANO I'd like that. At least we can talk to each other. RACHEL KK - will you be here next week ? KK Don't know. I can't always get to a terminal. But I'll try GREGORY The Cloakroom is always open. MONICA If DD comes back will you let him know ? GREGORY It against the rules really. . . MONICA Look - you have been popping up all over the place giving addresses, websites, phone numbers. . .just give DD a date and time. . . GREGORY Ok, ok. THE OTHERS LOG OFF. WE CUT TO A DARKENED ROOM. A BOY TYPES ORPHAN Is anyone there ? MONICA Hello ORPHAN Have you got a mum and dad of your own ? MONICA Yes. They're divorced. I live with my mum and I see my dad quite often. ORPHAN You're lucky. I don't know who my parents are. Or were. MONICA Are you in a home or something ? ORPHAN I'm adopted. MONICA Then you DO have parents. Have you talked to them about how you feel ? WE CUT BACK TO THE CYBERCAFE. OUR LOT ARE GETTING UP FROM THEIR TERMINALS. DEAN AND ANNIE ARE STILL AT THEIRS TOM (APPROACHING BEN) I. . .er. .I think we are going to the cinema tomorrow BEN (STARTLED) We what ? TOM Er, Joanne invited me along to the cinema with you and Annie tomorow JOANNE I think we should see absolutely anything with Brad Pitt in it. Annie ? ANNIE (SPINS ROUND FROM HER TERMINAL) What ? TOM Brad Pitt tomorrow night ? ANNIE Tell him I'm busy. . .I'm going to the cinema . . . SHE LOOKS AT BEN And then back to my boyfriend's luxury lovenest ! THEY LAUGH JOANNE AND TOM MOVE AWAY BEN LOOKING OVER HER SHOULDER Found anything interesting ? ANNIE SHE IS FLUSTERED Er. . . BEN You're in The Cloakroom ! ANNIE I was er..just surfing. I think I must have clicked on the wrong thing. But it is really interesting just watching for a couple of minutes BEN So - full of weirdos is it ? ANNIE No. It's full of people with something that's worrying them and - probably - friends like you, who they can't tell anything without having the piss taken. BEN OUTRAGED What ? HE THINKS ANNIE I mean there was a boy there who is gay. And he had told them. He'd never been able to tell anyone till then. Can you imagine what you'd say if one of your mates came up and told you he was gay. . .you'd say BEN I'd say. cool. . .leaves more girls for me ! A SILENCE IN WHICH WE SEE ANNIE'S RECOLLECTION OF THE PHRASE OVER HER SHOULDER WE SEE TOM HEAR AND RECOGNISE THE PHRASE AND WE SEE BEN'S REALISATION THAT HE MIGHT HAVE GIVEN HIMSELF AWAY. TOM TO FILL THE SILENCE Anything I should know about Courtney before I go ? BEN What ? Er. . no. Nothing much. JOANNE I think Joey's much prettier anyway. TOM AND JOANNE GO. BEN I've got to go. I've got. . . ANNIE Stuff at home, I know. BEN Yeah. Actually I've got to talk to my dad about something. I'll see you tomorrow. ANNIE See you (SOFTLY) Beano BEN GOES. ANNIE WATCHES HIM AND THEN TURNS BACK TO THE COMPUTER AND STARTS TO SEARCH FOR BULEMICS ANONYMOUS KK WALKS PAST DEAN WHO IS LOGGING OFF KK How was the sex line, dirtman ? DEAN What ? Er. . .great. Great. You find any bugs in terminal 10 ? KK No. It was good. See you DEAN Off home ? KK Something like that. Dean ? HE LOOKS UP Have you ever met anyone who's been to prison ? DEAN My uncle got a couple of months for an assault in a bar once. My mum took me up to the prison when she went to visit him. It was awful. KATIE Yes. DEAN LOOKS UP Anyway. See you. SHE GOES GREGORY (CALLING TO HER) You haven't collected your wages. KATIE Wages ? GREGORY For helping me out with terminal ten KATIE But I GREGORY You can have cash or you can eat all you can. KATIE HESITATES. SHE IS ON THE POINT OF REFUSING. THEN I'll take cash. GREGORY GRINS AND HANDS OVER A NOTE And I'll have something to eat. SHE GRABS A BUN AND GOES. GREGORY She drives a hard bargain. HE WATCHES HER GO Take care. DEAN COMES UP TO GREGORY DEAN Er. . I'm downloading some stuff. GREGORY I've got it here. HE HANDS IT OVER They're good people Dean. They helped me. DEAN You ? GREGORY My wife is an alchoholic. DEAN I didn't know GREGORY I didn't say DEAN You never really know about people, do you ? GREGORY No. You don't. But you can try. DEAN What do you mean ? GREGORY You can take a step towards them. Let someone take a step towards you. DEAN Yeah. HE LOOKS OUTSIDE WHERE WE SEE KATIE AT A BUS STOP. HE TURNS BACK TO GREGORY See you. GREGORY TAKES A LONG LOOK AROUND THE CAFE You never really know. HE SEES DEAN GO OUT THE DOOR AND STAND LOOKING ACROSS THE ROAD AT KATIE. KATIE WAVES. Till you try HE TURNS TO THE CAFE Can I interest anyone in a new Tellytubbies website ?