Guess what, we’ve finally committed ourselves to a written synopsis, using actual sentences and everything! Previously we had some great scribblings and notes and capitalised words in a sketchbook, but I think that these things called paragraphs are much more accessible.
Any feedback would be ace. Here goes:
Archy, a cockroach, never finds himself lost for words. He’s a poet, with a strong social conscience: forthright, earnest, a bit bohemian – and ready with a rant at the drop of a hat.
Archy’s tired of seeing other insects slaughtered by humans, and after witnessing the death of a fellow diner in the local restaurant kitchen, he decides to motivate his comrades into revolution. Egged on by his friend Mehitabel the tabby cat, he rounds up the nocturnal inhabitants of his New York bedsit. Woodlice, moths, flies, daddy long-legs, fleas, spiders and bed-bugs scuttle together, persuaded and excited by Archy’s passionate optimism.
A change is coming! Equal rights for insects! We outnumber them a million to one!
But when the bedsit’s owner returns home from a drunken night and flicks on the light switch, the insect army scatter, crawling back into the creepy crevices from whence they came. It’s all over before it’s even begun, and Archy’s left alone with just his principles and the cat for company.
Mehitabel shrugs; it’s getting late anyway and she’s tired. Archy purses his lips and furrows his brow; he feels the beginnings of a poem, and sets to work on his typewriter, minor set backs forgotten. Mehitabel purrs: toujours gai, Archy, toujours gai!