Synopsis from a 28 page extended feature treatment without lyrics

                                   Peter Shillingford

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  DIVA DANCING ON BROKEN GLASS

by

Peter Shillingford

 

The time is present and the action takes place at

Diana's beach-side mansion,

A mansion complete with a recording studio

and state of the art video equipment.

 Other locations are a night club and a recording studio

in a major city.

SYNOPSIS AND CHARACTERS

DIANA THOMSON.

Once a famous singer and songwriter, now a virtual recluse, living alone in her beach-side mansion. Neglect and drugs have almost ruined her beauty and elegance; she lives only for her song-writing and the lonely life of agoraphobia (inability to leave one's house). This is her story and emergence into today's world.

DAVID CROSS.

Her lawyer and friend; protective, upright, industrious and in love with her. Responsible for all her connections with the outside world. A delightful, elegant, humorous man, now depressed by the decline of Diana.

JAMES HYDE.

An arrogant, but strangely appealing boy in his early twenties. Obviously gifted, with an insight quite telepathic to the problems of others.

TOM GRANT.

Diana’s ex-husband and manager. A mean, unhappy man, a drug user and frustrated musician, now attempting to "Svengali” Diana's career.

MIKE PULTON.

President of Diana's record label, a friend and the man most responsible for her career to date. Aware of Grant's problems he goes out of his way to counteract the upsets Grant causes.

THE GIRL.

A classic and dangerous beauty, an athlete and a dancer with a great body. Rides a Ninja motorbike anywhere she wants.

DIVA DANCING ON BROKEN GLASS 

The story opens on thousands of fans milling around the entrances to a huge stadium, ticket scalpers are everywhere, fights break out, the police move in. Posters, tee shirts and record covers proclaim the name "Diana Thomson".

Diana is singing. She is a woman of immense personality, she can dance, kick arse, upturn tables, and beat up on musicians...but that's on stage. Off stage we have a very different person...

Diana is a coke sniffing, heroin addicted, pill popping, bulimic beauty, who is about to hit the skids, hard. Ex-husband and her life long contractual manager, Tom Grant keeps her loaded just enough that she can’t get out of the beach-side mansion yet still able to crank out the hits.

Agoraphobia is another of her major problems…which is fine as Tom is quick to point out to her record company head, Mike Poulton, “Keep the monkey in her cage where she can pound out the hits…who wants to tour!”

Diana’s last concert. Back stage Tom has cranked the sound and lights up to fever pitch and a violent crush breaks out below the stage, seats collapse.

A riot ensues where many kids die, introduces James, a strange and beautiful young man with certain powers. He attempts to protect the girl he is with as she reaches up to Diana…a cameraman onstage, urged on by Tom rushes forward as she is pulled into the panic stricken audience below. The chaos is deadly.

Diana looses the baby she was carrying, sixteen kids die in the madness but its great concert footage and Tom wants to keep it all in much to the disgust of David and Mike.

At her mansion Diana is now into her booze, heavy drugs and bulimia scene and needs Tom and his tame Dr. Feelgood…David is powerless in the face of her addiction and encroaching madness.

Late that night with Diana reeling around under the influence of both drugs and alcohol, the sight of a black sailed yacht and its music reverberating across the ocean strangely calms her. David falls sleeps in a chair in her room, sad at her condition.

James is next seen at dawn the next day, half drowned and struggling in the storm driven surf just yards from Diana’s beach. His plaintive cry for help brings her out of the house, the first time for months. Fighting her agoraphobia she is unable to help herself as she is drawn to the young man and after a punishing struggle, pulls him from the surf and bone breaking rocks.

Their exhausted and entwined bodies on the beach evoke a scene of sexual abandonment. David is astonished at Diana’s departure from the mansion.

James only slightly damaged from his ocean adventure and now allocated the guest bedroom, begins a subtle reconstruction of Diana; gentle manipulating her into ridding herself of all the demons.

This young mans intrusion into her life is the saving of her spirit…his perception and uncanny ability to make things happen…he first brings the addictions under control, then the violent removal of Tom from her life and the strength of David’s loving attentions enable her to sing in public again.

We now have story of loving conflict with a wrecked rock and roll queen and her young and powerful Svengali, their ages and background make no difference nor do their very different friends.   Tom Grant as our villain continues to tempt Diana back into drugs and is in constant battle with James who bests him every time. 

David Cross as her lawyer is frequently at the mansion but he can only sit back and watch the power and the influence change from Tom to James and in time to himself, bringing about Diana’s climb to sanity.

It’s David who loves her and as her lawyer tries to protect her, he certainly cannot understand the control that James has over Diana nor does he have good feelings about his high tech motorcycle gang. These are not Hells Angels but good guys and girls on Honda’s and Ninja’s, their colourful leathers a bright moment on the rain lashed streets.

James’s love, The Girl, is a silent beauty able to ride her Ninja across the sand dunes for midnight trysts with James. Diana realises that he has somebody out there and that the love she has for James is of the do not touch variety…but they come close a couple of time, usually at moments of success.

Other elements are the development of James as a singer-songwriter, duets are performed…in time, Diana can get out of the mansion and hidden in the back of a limo gets to a recording studio where her orchestra rise as one to welcome her back.

Tom attempts to sabotage the session and Diana begins to fall apart but James and David create a fun scenario with the closed circuit video system and tears turns to laughter.

But many setbacks happen along the way…often we think James and Diana are falling in love, which confuses David…but the love is of a spirit for a child…the Girl on the motorbike is the true love of James and their couplings bring a physical and sensual counterpoint to the cerebral connection between Diana and James…and in time David is part of this.

James’ emergence as a superb singer songwriter is his chameleon capability of adaptation…often his hypnotic powers are subtly applied and the results hilarious…an intrusive lady paparazzi strips to a rock and roll beat once she has been subjected to James’s intensive charm…Tom suffers most at his hands but is constantly coming back for more as the true villain of the piece.

The many incidents that drive the story are part of the recovery process of a drunk, a pill head and woman suffering from the ravages of a debilitating state of mind. Her good fortune on having this young spirit at her side urging her on can only be described as heaven sent…he certainly has the look of an angel.

David can only look and learn as James’ power slowly moves to him and his developing relationship with Diana. As they move around town as a trio the ménage de trio gossip begins but with her strength flowing back Diana rises above the innuendo.

Tom fuelled up in his favourite bar is dealt with by the drugs of his choice. The Girl tempts him into a sexual fantasy resulting in his final physical and contractual release of Diana at the hands of James and his motorcycle gang…all resplendent in pastel leathers and high speed Honda’s and Ninja’s.

At an awards ceremony Diana is persuaded to sing and duets with James. David now a devoted admirer of James leads the standing applause and Diana is back on track. The strength of James over Diana moves to David.

Returning to the mansion with James nowhere to be seen, Diana and David in each other’s arms, watch a lone yacht offshore, black sails billowing, coasting through the storm surf, to disappear into the rising moon.

  WORK IN PROGRESS

Synopsis from a 28 page extended treatment without lyrics.

CONTACT 

Peter Shillingford

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280 Kew Road

Richmond

TW9 3EE

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