"It’s Jono’s 18th tonight and you’re going as a blueberry because the theme is “childhood memories and you want to look like Violet Beauregard from Willy Wonka, but sluttier."

Being 17 is awkward. Having to take care of your sick dad when you’re 17 is another story. Especially when he keeps trying to shave his eyebrows off. Shortlisted for the 2017 Griffin Award, Blueberry Play explores the high highs and the low lows of being a teenage girl in a small town. Playwright-to-watch Ang Collins has crafted a beautifully intimate story about family life, adolescence, and mental and physical illness.

  • coming of age
  • 60
  • 1 total
  • 1 female identifying
  • young people, women
  • 18+
  • all ages, children, teen
  • Australian Plays Transform


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Blueberry Girl

Female | Teen | full length
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EXTRACT: Dad’s got prostate cancer and bipolar. He walks around the house naked with a canular sticking out the top of his wrist. You try to keep your head in your maths homework but it’s kind of hard when there’s a big hairy naked man in front of you chugging full cream milk like he’s going for the world record. Dad wears a gorilla mask to scare the shit out of Mum every day when she comes home from work. Mum goes angry and quiet but you think it’s pretty fuckin’ funny. Dave the old fat lab barks at Mum. Dad’s out of breath for a half hour afterwards. Dad spends half the day as a kid and half the day as an old man. You feel somewhere in between.

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