Yesterday, after a hard morning scrubbing the floors of Steven’s new house in preparation for the carpets being laid, I got back to my flat and decided to flop on the sofa with a bit of light, fluffy entertainment. I chose the BBC’s 2015 adaption of And Then There Were None. Light and fluffy it was not. Dark and terrifying it most certainly was. It’s been filmed many times and most people know the basic plot but this was the closest anyone has ever got to Agatha Christie’s book. It was edge of the seat stuff, watching 10 people realise their judgment day had come and they’d been summoned to the island to die.
Later in bed, I had an idea for a variation on the plot. Don’t worry, I’m not going to kill anyone off. But imagine the horror as ten people are lured to a remote location and realise they are trapped in an ATU for all eternity.
Casting is fairly simple. Katrina Pearcey would have to be first in. Allow me to indulge myself and send Whistler’s Mother to her living doom. The nurse who chained Harry up turning his feet black from the Bournwood case must go in. And I’d find room for that responsible Clinician who kept two of the dudes from 7 Days of Action locked away, before appearing on BBC News and dismissing the dudes as “highly complex”, to justify his position. Perhaps the CEO of St Andrews could be nudged into the boat. I’m sure that readers can find other people that will make up the cast of ten people, deprived of their liberty.
Getting them to the island is piss easy – an appeal to their vanity. All the people I’ve mentioned above have enormous egos, so an invitation to an awards ceremony should be enough to gather the inmates.
Then they quickly realise that the awards are a sham and the seclusion rooms, the Spit hoods, the burly nurses poised to administer prone restraint, the syringes filled with anti psychotic medication come into focus. No contact with the outside world (in their best interests of course).
One thing that the public stories of learning disabled people dying, or being abused, or tortured by unnecessary detentions has shown is that sadly, these stories don’t really engage the wider public. The not quite human framing and narrative has a far reach. I’ve often thought about writing an ATU script but I don’t think it would impact. The learning disabled don’t gain the public empathy to any large degree.
This idea might work though. Ten apparently ” sane” non disabled people facing what 3000+ learning disabled people face daily might generate a wider shock. It shouldn’t be that way obviously but that’s where the evidence points.
Where do I send the draft screenplay to?
How on earth did I forget Jeremy Hunt? Fed through a hatch.