“Look around! The past is in piles all around us! This is where we’ve chosen to be! We’re breathing it in. Treasures and rubbish all mixed up. How do you know what to keep and what to let go?”

A box of worn out dolls. A bag of out grown baby things. A cupboard full of secrets… In the overflowing sorting room behind a local opp shop, hard to like Fran, sociable Molly, easy going Jim and newcomer 50-something Cat, find themselves sifting through more than cast-off clothes as pasts are uncovered and emotions laid bare. A story of losing and finding, of grief and grace.

  • contemporary naturalism
  • 120
  • 4 total
  • 3 female identifying, 1 male identifying
  • gender, women
  • 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | 50s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 84

EXTRACT: It was so cold. I had no heating - I couldn’t afford it, but I’d wrapped her up as well as I could and left her in the cot. I shut myself in my room and took some sleeping pills. I hadn’t slept in weeks. She was always waking, crying every couple of hours. I was so tired and my mind was running around and around on the same track every day - The nurse was right. I can’t look after her. She’ll be better off without me. It would be better if I died … or if she did…

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