Christmas Day is a black comedy, laced with the pain of estranged family relationships. It brings to the stage outrageous, flawed but loveable characters who push each other to the limits.

Two sisters come together to celebrate Christmas with their father and stepmother. The family reunion is thrown into chaos by the unexpected arrival of their mentally ill mother. Kate, a successful public figure, is forced to confront the past and her deepest fears. It is a play about suppression, emotional inheritance and letting go of the past.

"...a considerable achievement, both in its text and in its production. It's an Australian play soundly located in its culture and is universal in its themes." - The Sydney Morning Herald

"...a well-crafted situation comedy with a dramatic climax which may come as a surprise, even a shock... definitely worth seeing." - The Australian Jewish News

  • naturalism
  • 100
  • 6 total
  • 4 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • 8 to 12, 18+
  • all ages, children, teen
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | 30s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 81

EXTRACT: I didn't go to the hospital. It's Christmas. I hate hospitals. I went into town to look at the lights. They're beautiful tonight. I met an old woman in the park. She said the Carols by Candlelight were spectacular this year. All the children were like little angels. ...We seem to be obsessed with hospitals, don't we? She's gone, Lou....She's finally gone. That's why she came home, see? That's what cats do. It doesn't matter how sick or how far away they are, they'll always come home to die.

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