Maria [Season 1]

When at a rock concert on a Friday night, Maria finds herself thrown into the heavy metal music world. Surrounded by girls, drugs and rock shows, Maria soon becomes part of a runaway train hell bent for the top, but held back by the singers tortured psyche and a disaster that hit far too close to home...


16. Scene 5

It is nine o’ clock and the band are tuning up in the bar. The stage is at the opposite end of the room from the bar itself and all the tables have been haphazardly turned to face the stage. Maria walks over and taps Nikki on the foot.


Maria: Hey there.


Nikki: Hey. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about my promise.


Maria: (smiles sweetly) good. I’ve booked a hotel, room 227 in the premier inn across the road.


Nikki: A hotel? You planning to get pissed as well?


Maria: Nah, I just saw it as an excuse to get out of the house. Mum’s got friends round to fill them in on the incident with dad and Amie and I didn’t particularly wanna go home.


Nikki: Fair enough. Premier inn across the road did you say?


Maria: Yeah?


Nikki: I’m in there too. So is Dan.


Maria: (excited) great! You could pop around after the shows and we could talk and stuff.


Nikki: (smiling) yeah. Yeah, I might just do that.


Nikki walks onto the stage and Maria goes to sit down. The landlord steps up to introduce them.


Landlord: I don’t usually introduce bands myself but these guys are pretty well known. Released two albums and even toured with Alice Cooper. (pauses to allow that to sink in) Allow me to introduce, Dying Breed!


The Landlord steps down and the band start up. We see them playing a cover of ‘Animal’ by Def Leppard. After about one and a half minutes the scene shifts. The song continues to play but we see the night’s shows pass by. The first show ends OK and they leave and we see them running up the street, Maria following, and begin their second show. A fight breaks out between two guys and Nikki knocks them both down before we end up at the third show. By this point Nikki is swigging bottles of beer down between songs and the band are clearly drunk, the drummer doing a drum solo with his hands. The fourth show comes and the band are going wild. Dan throws his guitar and it flies over the bar, knocking the bottles off the shelf and smashing them. The song ends and we see the band, very drunk, and Maria outside. The manager appears. It has started to rain.


Robert: What the fuck?


Nikki: It was your idea.


Robert: The last pub banned you. Banned, yeah. That means Dying Breed are officially responsible for chaos in this town. Not a good thing, not something that’ll get us sales. And the landlord will no doubt sue for damages, so we’re all a bit fucked ain’t we?


Kenny: We need a bigger label.


Robert: Yes, yes we do. And bigger labels ain’t gonna hire trouble causers that’ll get them sued every two minutes. Look, guys, go to bed. Rest. We’ll discuss issues in the morning. I’m too tired for this shit.


Robert turns and walks away. Maria looks at Nikki ashamedly and follows.


Reece: The girl is pissed at you, man (laughs)


Nikki: (punches Reece suddenly, knocking him down) just fuck off!


Nikki storms away, the rest of the band laughing as he disappears.

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