A HOTEL LOBBY.
A BOARD DISPLAYS ‘THE ALF IPPITITIMUS CONVENTION 2012’ A GROUP OF CHINESE WOMEN IN THEIR MID THIRTIES ARE WALKING UP RED CARPETED STAIRS. THEY WEAR FLAT CAPS AND GLASSES.
WE FOLLOW THEM INTO THE HOTEL BAR. AT THE BAR A BLACK LADY IS DRESSED IN FULL ALF IPPITITIMUS COSTUME OF WIG, GLASSES, FLAT CAP, STRIPED SHIRT, DUNGAREES AND HOBNAIL BOOTS. SHE IS TALKING TO A TAWAINESE WOMAN WHO IS WEARING AN ALF WIG AND DRINKING A PINT OF TETLEY’S BITTER.
NEARBY A GROUP OF YOUNG SWEDISH WOMEN CONVULSE AND TWITCH THEIR BODIES.
A GROUP OF BRITISH WOMEN ALSO START TO DO THE SAME.
BOTH GROUPS WEAR SPARKLY DRESSES BEARING THEIR COUNTRIES FLAG
BOTH GROUPS ARE WATCHED OVER BY A WOMAN IN A BROWN OVERCOAT. SHE MAKES NOTES AND KEEPS SCORES ON A CLIPBOARD. SHE CONFERS WITH ANOTHER LADY WHO ALSO APPEARS TO BE MAKING NOTES.
A MIDDLE AGED BLONDE LADY WALKS INTO THE ROOM. SHE IS VERY EXCITED. HER BLONDE HAIR IS STYLED AND CUT LIKE ALF IPPITITIMUS
Quiet everyone. The Choir is here.
LADIES FROM THE SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR ENTER THE BAR. THEY HOLD PLACARDS AND BANNERS DISPLAYING ALF IPPITITIMUS’S IMAGE. THERE IS A HUSH IN THE ROOM AS THEY START TO SING A ZULU TRADITIONAL SONG THAT HAS BEEN MODIFIED FOR THE CONVENTION.
PEOPLE START TO SWAY ALONG TO THE SONG.
We travel across the countries
Singing our song
We travel across the countries
Singing our song all nations love our songs
This is the song
Yes this is the song
Oh! It is Alf Ippititimus
Two Ipps, a pip and a titimus
Phwaay Wahey Gerrof
Oh it is Alf, Oh it is Alf, It’s Alf in my soul,
For I have touched the hem of his garment
THE AFRICAN WOMEN CONVULSE AND TWITCH THE ALF MANNERISMS AS THEY CONTINUE WITH THE SONG.
And his blood has made me whole
Mmmm Wahey Mmm Wahey Phwaay
I tried all that I could, seemed like nothing did me any good
Then I heard Alf, he was passing by, and I decided to give him a try
Wahey Phwaaay Gerroof
Wahey, mmmm, Wu-hey, Gerrof Phwaay
Gerrof hmmmm Phwaay
Hmmmm mmm ooop Phwaay
Wahey, Gerrof Phwaay
Ahh Hmm Waheeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Mmmmmmm
THE CHOIR FINISH TO HEARTY APPLAUSE. SOME OF THE CROWD HUG EACH OTHER WHILST OTHERS ARE CRYING SOFTLY. BLONDE LADY GETS UP ON A PODUM TO TALK TO THE CROWD. SHE IS QUITE EMOTIONAL.
A BEAUTIFUL PORTUGUESE WOMAN WHO LOOKS LIKE A MISS WORLD ENTRANT HOLDS A LOVE HEART CUSHION WITH ALF’S PICTURE IN THE CENTRE. SHE HANDS HER A HANDKERCHIEF.
DABBING AT HER EYES SHE LOOKS AT HER.
Thank you Ines.
SHE GATHERS HER COMPOSURE.
Well that was lovely. Just lovely. Thank you ladies.
Well ...I must say what a turn out we’ve had for 2012 and this our fourth Alf Ip.Ip Ip.p..it..it.i..mus convention.
SHE PUTS HER HAND TO HER EAR AND WAITS FOR THE CROWD’S REACTION.
Two Ips, a Pip and a Titimus
THEY ARE ALL IN GOOD SPIRITS CLAPPING AND CHEERING.
And it’s good to see some familiar faces here again.
SHE POINTS AT A YOUNG TURKISH WOMAN WHO CARRIES A TURKISH FLAG WITH ALF’S FACE EMBLAZONED ON IT. SHE WAVES IT PROUDLY IN THE AIR.
Hi ya Rafat.
Now the buffet is ready but I must ask you all to please refrain from your
Alf reenactments until the buffet’s been cleared. I don’t want a repeat of last year.
SHE SPOTS AN OLDER PERUVIAN WOMAN IN FULL COSTUME.
DO WE MRS SANCHEZ.
MRS SANCHEZ LOOKS EMBARRASSED. SOME OF THE CROWD START TO LAUGH. THEY POINT AT HER. THEIR PINTS OF BEER SLOSH AROUND IN THEIR GLASSES AS THEY DO AN IMPRESSION OF MRS SANCHEZ’S ALF IMPRESSION.
BEER STARTS TO SPILL EVERYWHERE.
(Slightly worried she looks towards an older lady at the side of the bar)
Quick. Rita get a mop and bucket
MORE PEOPLE JOIN IN WITH THE IMPRESSIONS. IT IS LIKE A DOMINO EFFECT AS PINTS OF BEER END UP ON THE FLOOR AS DO SOME OF THE CROWD.
SHE GLARES AT MRS. SANCHEZ WHO HAS MOVED TO SAFETY AT THE OTHER END OF THE ROOM.
BEER AND BODIES COLLIDE WITH EACH OTHER.
Rita....Rita You might want to make that two. Have you got that steam cleaner handy?
Wahey Gerooof Phwaayyyyy