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Boy Overboard

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A story of adventure, ball control and hope.

Jamal and Bibi have a dream. To lead Australia to soccer glory in the next World Cup. But first they must face landmines, pirates, storms and assassins. Can Jamal and his family survive their incredible journey and get to Australia?

Adapted for the stage by Patricia Cornelius from Morris Gleitzman's best-selling novel, Boy Overboard depicts a deeply human side of the 'asylum seekers' issue by following the journey of Jamal and Bibi from Afghanistan to Australia. Based on real life events, this is a moving play about young people overcoming the confusion of war, politics and the search for a safe haven.

"Morris Gleitzman’s excellent unsparing novel for young adults in an accurate, theatrically imaginative and robust staging adaptation by Patricia Cornelius, deals with both the money grubbing and perilous mechanics of a refugee journey and the eternal hunger of hope." - Stephen Dunne, Sydney Morning Herald

  • drama, non-naturalism, episodic
  • 0
  • 15 total
  • 6 female identifying, 9 male identifying
  • young people
  • 12 to 16, 16 to 18, 18+
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Currency Press


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Rashida

Female | Teen | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 42

EXTRACT: I have a can of sardines...It looks like any old can of sardines but it's not. In this can there are little fish that look like ordinary sardines but these sardines are special. They are magical [She pauses playfully]. Here, there is one each... Hold them by the tail. Lift your heads up so [She holds her sardine up over her mouth]. Drop it into your mouth, but don't be startled because it will feel very strange.


ARTICLE: CHILD'S PLAY AND YET TOUGH STUFF TO TACKLE

ALEXA MOSES, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 19 JULY 2005

Article with Morris Gleitzman about 'Boy Overboard'.

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