Covenant is the story of three friends—Rebecca, Truc and Savas—who decide, as a kind of friendship pact, to steal icons or objects from each of their religious houses of worship. Rebecca is an Assyrian Christian, Truc is a Vietnamese Buddhist and Savas is a Turkish Muslim, and they are determined that their parents' edict of 'stick to your own kind' will be neutralised by their common act of bonding.

But the thefts produce conflict between the religious communities that they could not have predicted. Will all three retreat to a position which rejects interfaith friendship, or is there something that they can resolve to find their way forward?

Written (and originally performed) in collaboration with 19 young adult actors and residents of the Fairfield area, this is theatre which confronts and reveals the experiences of Australian multicultural young people. Covenant inspires hope for an Australian future informed by interfaith understanding and cooperation.

  • magic realism
  • 70
  • 16 total
  • 8 female identifying, 8 male identifying
  • culturally and linguistically diverse, women
  • 16 to 18
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Mrs Haiken

Female | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 28

EXTRACT: Why should I be so worried about how other people are going to receive me if this is what I feel is the right thing to do. It just gradually got stronger until I was able to do it. And thankfully I had good friends who support me. My mother only started wearing a scarf after she got married. Like in my family in Indonesia it comes from understanding and you feeling like you yourself are ready to do it. Because I feel that there would be no point in doing something if you don't know why you're doing it.


Female | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 45

EXTRACT: God, I'm telling you a prayer about the people around us who block the talents that you've given to us. And I'm telling you a prayer about the ways that I block up my own gifts and talents and stuff./ And I'm telling you a prayer about the people who go, 'That's not good enough or you're not clever enough.' Cause I hear that, a lot./And I'm telling you a prayer about not getting so angry when people do that to me, you know, that thing where they go, you fit into this mould this way or I'm not gonna..

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