Synopses 2
House of Words
    An Audience with God
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Dermot is a lapsed Catholic and has some very strong opinions about religions and how they cause divisiveness across social groups and cultures. Since he can remember, he has denied the existence of God and criticises the blind faith that so many put in their chosen gods or prophets.  At night, he often struggles with bouts of insomnia and goes downstairs to watch films or attend to e- mail in the dead of night, usually being found by his wife asleep on the chair, at dawn! On one such night, he is disturbed by a presence in the room who claims to be God. Intrigued and disbelieving in equal measure, he assumes he had dozed off and was now having a bizarre dream. Nevertheless, Dermot asks questions of the figure sitting with him in his lounge. Despite being in denial of his existence, this manifestation is very different to how he thought God would be, if indeed, he existed! Assuming this is a one-off dream, when he wakes up in the morning he dismisses the encounter. However, when the experience is repeated several times, each picking up the thread of conversation from the last meeting, he comes to question his belief system and his role in life. The Dilemma In 1965, Martin and Steven are born as conjoined (at the head) identical twins. An operation to separate them is only party successful, as Martin dies on the operating table. His surviving twin – Steven, physically overcomes this infant trauma whilst being heavily protected by his parents, as he grows up. As a young child, Steven openly insists that his brother is still alive, that he talks to him all the time and his sibling helps him with everything in his daily life. As he reaches school age, Steven is viewed by many of his teachers as an insular and withdrawn child. Privately most believe he is just plain weird. Child psychologists’ diagnoses conclude that Steven has an incredibly high IQ but is suffering from delusions brought on by the loss of his twin brother. They expect that the impact of that loss to lessen as he matures, however he needs regular monitoring to rule out any more serious psychosis. As he grows into his teenage years and beyond, Steven becomes aware that Martin is becoming stronger and exerting more control, giving him conflicting advice that leads to difficult and compromising issues. Steven worries that Martin is becoming jealous of his life- form and at times whether it is his brother at all, such is the change in Martin’s personality that he recalls from his early childhood. Steven begins to wonder whether he is indeed delusional, or if not, who he can seek help from to shut Martin out, potentially ad- infinitum.