FAMILY IS EVERYTHING.
International Script and Storyboard Showcase -
Semi-Finalist for Best New Stage Play in 2020.
Shortlisted for the 2020 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award.
Finalist for the Best Script Award - Best Short Script Under 30 Pages.
Chippen Street Theatre
Fri 4th June at 7.30pm
Sat 5th June at 7.30pm
Sunday 6th June at 5.00pm;
Wed 9th, Thurs 10th; Fri 11th & Sat 12th of June at 7.30pm.
Director & Dramaturge - Christie Koppe
Written by - Peter-William Jamieson
Sound Design / Composer - Hal Rees
Production Design - Daniel Ampuero
Visuals - Michael Yore
Performer - Peter-William Jamieson
**Please Note: Contains strobe lighting, strong language, adult themes and drug use.
Blake, an ordinary Australian kid raised by his father in a small coastal town meets his soon to be step brother, Hussan, an Afghani refugee who along with his mother escaped the Taliban terror during the civil war in the 1990’s. From this first meeting the two boys form an inseparable bond. In these early years life couldn’t be better for the family, particularly for Hussan and his mother who can finally restart their lives after the traumatic events of their past. Sadly though, it isn’t to last. Along with the rest of the world on the 11th of September 2001, the boys watch on as the planes hit the towers and the subsequent events that follow; Al Qaeda and the Taliban declare war, the coalitions invasion of Afghanistan and with it the on the ground news footage of thousands of innocent women and children devastated by this latest war to grip their country. As it plays out on their tv, Blake looks over at his brother and notices something shifting in Hussan’s eyes, when questioned his response is clear and unwavering; “I need to go, Blake. I need to go back and help”. But Blake won’t let him go alone; every step of the way they’ll do it together. Finishing high school they enlist into the Australian Army which after 2 years of incessant training they finally receive their deployment orders. However upon their arrival the young men’s optimism and determination to win the hearts and minds of the locals won’t be so easily won and gradually disintegrates into chaos and a bloodied tragedy which years after returning home reappears to confront Blake.