Research biologist, long-time partner of Peter. An intelligent,
willful opportunist with a strong proclivity for dissecting anything
that moves. Desires public acclaim at any cost. lt is she who convinces
Peter that they should genetically engineer their own superhuman
Research biologist specializing in genetic engineering. Highly intelligent,
with a tendency to become obsessed with his work. In love with Virginia.
He is easily swayed by her when she suggests the superbaby project
because he is excited by the prospect of glamour and renown.
An endearing, not-too-bright woman wbo wants nothing more than to
be a loyal, supportive wife and a loving mother.
As she and her husband are childless, they are receiving in vitro
fertilization treatment at the same clinic where Peter and Virginia
are conducting their experiment.
Carol's husband. A window-cleaner from Penge, South London. An uneducated,
simple soul who tries to be the knowledgeable head of the household.
The genetic offspring of Peter and Virginia, raised by Carol and
Brian. Has all the intellectual attributes of a superbuman being.
To Brian and Carol's dismay, he has inherited Peter's obsessiveness
and Virginia's proclivity for dissection.
Genetic offspring of Brian and Carol, raised (ie, neglected) by
Peter and Virginia. An average, likeable, somewhat dimwitted lad
whose fondest desires are to live in a normal home and to become
a pop singer.
six roles are played by three actors:
Virginia/Carol, Peter/Brian and Colin/Peter Virgil
Virginia and Peter - the intelligent
couple in this comedy-tale of confused genetic pools, are highly ambitous
biologists, who eventually decide to have a child - which, true to
their profession means: to genetically engineer their own superhuman
baby for the public acclaim, the envy of their scientific peers and
- ultimately - the Nobel-golden glory laurels (and... to finally appear
on the Sunday Times Color Sup).
However, as a result of a series of mishaps, the superhuman-embryo
is implanted into Carol, a working-class
woman from Penge (a blue-collar district in South London). Unaware
of the mix-up, Carol and her equally dumbwitted husband Brian,
raise the child as their own. Fourteen years elapse before the whereabouts
of the superhuman child are uncovered by Virginia and Peter. In those
years Peter and Virginia's life got clouded by the (assumed) rather
depressive outcome of their experiment - namely Peter
Virgil, who's showing absolutely none of the eagerly expected
and Carol however
ascended from the blue-collar-low-key -lifestyle to considerable wealth
- all due to several astonishing inventions like the 'Electro Synchnomatic
Chamois - a gadget that simultaneously cleans the inside and outside
of double-glazing windows" - just one of the casual by-products
of their super-intelligent-child Colin,
who's after far more aspiring inventions...
After the mix-up is uncovered by Peter and Virginia, they go to Carol
and Brian's home, where they are luring their superhuman kid away
- promising the ambitious 14 year old Colin
a fellowship and all the time he wants to indulge in his greatest
passion: dissecting life-foms of all sorts.... - and at the same time
they try to get rid of their cuckoo's child Peter
Virgil by shoving him back to where he genetically belongs:
an average domestic life - i.e. the home of Carol and Brian.
Sounds like a double-happy-helix-end is in sight? Well, unfortunately,
the reunions don't turn out as they are expecting...
you can see the original poster for the premie ot TTBOM
On the following pages you can read two extensive
excerpts from the new version of the script - a posthumous
collaboration / rewrite of the original Calvert
play by the New York based actor/author Isidore