As a father’s death approaches, three siblings struggle to reconcile with their differing experience of the same man. Conflicting memories create distraction from the painful truth. Parental love isn’t always even, and keeping score on family history is a dangerous game.

"There's humour, tenderness and an awareness that grief – in all its agonising shapes – is a form of love." Sydney Morning Herald 2018 - Joyce Morgan

"Fabulously intense yet astutely humorous..." Suzy Goes See 2018 - Suzy Wrong

  • naturalistic black comedy drama
  • 55
  • 4 total
  • 2 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • women
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
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EXTRACT: oh, sorry I am Peter, and I am here to gain some, some confidence, because I have to give a speech, a... a, what do you call it? A eulogy and well, I would like to do a good job for my fathers sake, he is dying, well of course, I mean you have to die to get one...a...a.....eulogy...that is why.....It will be a relief, I mean he is seventy, two, that is a good innings, well, three short of the average...So....he has had a good life...yes. Right, anyway....


Male | Unspecified | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 38

EXTRACT: A few day's ago I went to the Aquarium and I saw an eel (pause) electric (pause) electric eel, bear with me. This eel had a very violent tussles with a groper. The groper won the arrr...the eel died. My father had a very violent tussle with alcohol, the alcohol won. Now I know this is not traditional thing to bring up at a funeral, but that fish tank....arrr, sorry, Anne, aquarium made me think we are all thrown together as families, all put in the same tank.

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