Midnight Mass

photograph by Dina Lydia


by Ben Kulvichit and Nat Norland


Hello


Hey, what’s up?
Not too bad. You know, same as anyone
Sure. Yeah, that would be nice, actually
Or you could come to mine
I’d prefer it if you came here.
We don’t have to do anything, necessarily.
Just, I don’t know
Oh
Are you ok?
Oh, sure. Still sucks though
Have you taken anything for it?
…Have you been drinking?
You definitely shouldn’t mix those
Well, look, I don’t want you driving over here if you’ve been drinking.
No, really! I’m serious
No, it would not be funny. …maybe a little bit funny
C’mon, I don’t want to joke about stuff like that
I’ll call you a cab if you want
Oh wait, shh-
No, sorry nothing, it’s just, it’s stupid – I keep seeing this guy across the street-
No, that’s not what I’m…
No, look, it’s just a stupid thing, forget I said it.
I want to see you because I want to see you!
I don’t mind, you decide
I can come to yours, sure
Yeah, I’d like that
No it’s good, I should get out of the house.
I dunno, 3 days?
Yeah, I’ve not been feeling great
No no, not that, nothing
No, just like a bad headache
Ibuprofen
No… Yes, a little. It’s fine, it’s not killed me yet
Really, it wasn’t that much
It’ll be fine
Wouldn’t it be a bit funny though? Like, in the middle of all this
Would you miss me?
Nah, you’d get over it
Oh wait, shh-
No, sorry nothing, it’s just, it’s stupid – it’s this guy who lives across the street, I keep
looking up and like, meeting eyes with him and… idk
He’s on the phone as well
Yeah, I guess it sort of is
Really, it’s not- forget I said it.
How are you doing?
Oh, honey
I’m sorry. You sure you aren’t up to coming out?
I could call you a cab?
Yeah… I could, but I dunno, I feel like I shouldn’t leave
It’s not been that long, 5 days?
Come on, take an Ibuprofen and come round. I miss you
…On your own?
We’ve all been there
I know you’re not meant to, but it won’t kill you, right? Never did anything to me
Hey, you’re hurting my feelings, here!
Love you too
Weird, that’s
What, every time?
If you hung up now, would he hang up as well?
That’s… almost like pervy, actually
What do you mean he looks- are you trying to say I’m a pervert?
I don’t appreciate that kind of lip, mister
Look, if it’s really bothering you, I can call someone
Really, it’s not any trouble or
Ok, if you’re sure he’s like, harmless.
Well, or I could come over, if you want
I’ll get a cab. I’ll come right now
I’ve not been out in ages, it’ll be nice
More than a week now
No, not that
Permanent hangover, you know how it is
I know I shouldn’t
Hasn’t killed me quite yet
Oh wait, shh-
No, sorry nothing, it’s just, it’s stupid – I keep seeing this guy across the street, on the
phone
Just like whenever I’m on the phone to someone, there he is
I’ve been trying – this is weird – I’ve been trying to read his lips, only I can’t
Yeah I know it’s weird, I just
I can’t make anything out anyway. Gives me a headache trying
Yeah, look, forget.
I just wanted to see you is all. It’s been a while
No, longer! Last I saw you was the party, like, 3 weeks ago?
Don’t know where the time went
Well we live in the same neighbourhood don’t we? You could come round to mine. Or
not, it’s late.
Don’t we? I’m North West
Oh, I could’ve sworn…
Nevermind
I’ve missed you
Ok, no problem
I’d rather you came here, really
It’ll sound stupid
I keep thinking, like across the road or next door or something, there’s someone there
not someone I know – and they can hear me talking on the phone
I think they’re drunk or something
No I know! It’s not like I’ve ever seen them, it’s just this thought I keep having
I don’t really picture their face.
I just wanted to see you is all. It’s been a minute
Are you free this weekend?
Ok, well it’s good to know you’re ok.
Say again? I couldn’t make that out.
It’s not bad signal, you’re slurring your words. Have you been drinking?
You need to go home. I’ll call you a cab.
I keep thinking
Whenever I’m on the phone
I should get out of the house more
It’s not killed me yet
Someone somewhere in the city
Who can hear everything I’m saying
Be better if I could see you
Call someone if it’s bothering you
Been more than a month now
Forget
It’s such a headache
I wish I could hear what you were saying
Haven’t been drinking since
Forget I said
Wouldn’t it be a bit funny
Just hope you’re ok
Call again tomorrow
Not worried, just hoping he’s
Can’t stop thinking about you
Can you hear me?
I keep thinking
Whenever I’m on the phone
I should get out of the house more
It’s not killed me yet.
Someone somewhere in the city
Who can hear everything I’m saying
Wouldn’t it be a bit funny
Just hope you’re ok
Call again tomorrow
Not worried, just hoping he’s
Can’t stop thinking about you
Can you hear me?
Be better if I could see you
Call someone if it’s bothering you
Been more than a month now
Forget
It’s such a headache
I wish I
could hear what
you were say
ing haven’t
been drinking
since forget
I said I
keep thinking
whenever
I’m on the
phone I should
get out of
the house more
It’s not killed
me yet some
one somewhere
in the city
who can
hear every
thing I’m say
ing oh wait, shh-
bad signal could
’ve sworn there
was someone
call again
soon.


Ben Kulvichit is a theatre and performance maker. He is co-artistic director of Emergency Chorus and an associate artist of Chris Goode and Company. As a critic and writer, he is co-editor of Exeunt Magazine and recently worked as a contributor and deputy editor for Diverse Actions and LADA’s publication Vanishing Points.


Nat Norland is a sound designer, writer and director. He makes theatre with his company Why This Sky. He has designed sound and music for work by Emergency Chorus and Joseph Morgan Schofield, and is currently studying for an MA in Performance Design and Practice at Central St. Martins.

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