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The voices of Atherton Gardens

Excerpt from the script of a performance by choral group The Voices of Atherton Gardens, 2002.

SPEAKER 1:

This is the story of how I moved into my flat, and found there a blue bowl. Downstairs, far below, I had arrived with friends and relatives to help me move in my furniture.

SPEAKER 2:

More furniture than you can poke a stick at. (Proudly.) We are very proud of learning Aussie slang.

CHORUS:

We learn more Aussie slang than you can poke a stick at.

SPEAKER 1:

We put the furniture into the lift ... and then we had to move it all out of the lift. Because the lift was broken down.

CHORUS:

So we had to carry everything up the stairs.

SPEAKER 2:

(Still proud.) More furniture than you can poke a stick at.

SPEAKER 1:

Everyone was wonderful.

SPEAKER 2 :

I wasn't wonderful. I gave up and went home.

SPEAKER 1:

But finally we moved all the furniture into the flat. And yet the flat felt very empty. As if no-one had ever lived there before. But then I found this. A chipped blue bowl. It had a note with it. A letter for me, from the person who had lived in the flat before. Dear New Person, it said...

SPEAKER 3:

Dear New Person. This is a small gift for you. This bowl was here in the flat when I moved in, and now I leave it here for you when you move in. It is to remind you that people have lived here before, and been happy. Every person who ever lives here leaves it for the next New Person. Enjoy living here. There will be trouble, and difficulties, but happiness also. That is the meaning of this chipped blue bowl.

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There are now more than one hundred members of The Voices
of Atherton Gardens.