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The Disappearance of the Lilac Tiger

A fiction podcast by Graeme Keeton

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A dramedy about memory, love and loneliness in the city of Nice...

The 38th Colored Lights Performing Arts Festival is coming to Nice. On the beach, a mascot made of plastic, a cultural icon known as the Lilac Tiger. Over the past year it's brought over €17m in donations... but now it meets Michel. Unable to remember anything for more than a couple of hours, Michel steals the tiger to impress Fabienne, a woman he's just met. Stashing the tiger and forgetting all about it, Michel then volunteers to join the search party.

In a race against time, and the festival's prickly director, Madame Deschamps, as well as the shady Man with the Ebony Cane, Michel becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a story about memory, love, loneliness... and the disappearance of the Lilac Tiger.

Episode 1 — 'Forget the Orange Juice'

Michel Dupont lives on floor 9 1/2 of a pre-WW2 apartment building, colored light pink on the outside like a big block of marzipan. Today, while making breakfast, Michel realizes that he's forgotten the juice. Here's where routine goes off the rails. Michel meets his elderly neighbor, Madame Cloutier, and her dog, Jacques Pistache.

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Episode 2 — 'A Tiger in the Night Time'

Fabienne tell us about the day she turned five years old. Michel pays a visit to the Lilac Tiger. Festival Director, Bernardette Deschamps has a heated first meeting with Brigadier Algernon Goss. Michel goes to the vet.

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Episode 3 — 'Eeney, meeny, miney, mo...'

The Man with the Ebony Cane makes his presence felt, as the search for the Lilac Tiger heats up. Michel and Goss eat lunch together, both unaware that Michel is responsible for the tiger's disappearance.

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Episode 4 — '...catch a Tiger by the toe.'

A breakthrough in the search for the Lilac Tiger. The Man with the Ebony Cane closes in on Michel. Fabienne and Michel meet again, much to her surprise and his... well, he doesn't remember.

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Episode 5 — 'To the Boy Across the Hall'

Michel goes on a trip. The festival opens in five hours time and the tiger is yet to be found. Fabienne wraps up the story of her fifth birthday. Madame Cloutier makes a drastic decision.

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CAST

Annelise Bianchini as The Narrator

Guido Mogni as Michel Dupont

Natalie Beran as Fabienne Borde

Lily Whiteside as Bernardette Deschamps

Margot Richardson as Madames Cloutier and Belmont

David McMaster as Algernon Goss

Chad Phillips as Montague Roche

Written, directed and produced by Graeme Keeton

MUSIC

I Told You So by Daisy O'Connor

Guillô, pran ton tamborin / Pease Branle / Candlestick Branle by The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

Fishing for Uncle Sam by The Trusty Snakes

I Went to the Levee by Sabine McCalla

Ploughboys in the Gloaming by Lily Bentley

All episodes recorded at Drama Studio London

The Disappearance of the Lilac Tiger

© 2019 Graeme Keeton