I’ve seen a lot of strange things in thi

Johnny "Rooster" Byron


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The woods outside the town of Flintock, England. The present.
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Monologue Context

British (Wiltshire) accent. Johnny “Rooster” Byron is an outlandish, eccentric,

Monologue Text

I’ve seen a lot of strange things in this wood. I seen a plague of frogs. Of bees. Of bats. I seen a rainbow hit the earth and set fire to the ground. I seen the air go still and all sound stop and a golden stag clear this clearing. Fourteen-point antlers of solid gold. I heard an oak tree cry. I’ve heard beech sing hymns. I seen a man they buried in the churchyard Friday sitting under a beech eating an apple on Saturday morning. When the light goes, and I stare out into the trees, there’s always pairs of eyes out there in the dark, watching. Foxes. Badgers. Ghosts. I seen lots of ghosts. (Beat) I seen women burn love letters. Men dig holes in the dead of night. I seen a young girl walk down here in the cold dawn, take all her clothes off, wrap her arms round a broad beech tree and give birth to a baby boy. I seen first kisses. Last kisses. I seen all the world pass by and go. Laughing. Crying. Talking to themselves. Kicking the bracken. (Beat) Elves and fairies, you say. (Beat) Elves and fairies.

Butterworth, Jez. Jerusalem NHB Modern Plays, 2009.

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