On December 12, 1988, ‘Sunny Girl’ Susie turned sweet sixteen. Her boyfriend Jason, gave her a Poison t-shirt, her best friend, Kelly, gave her a name necklace and Kelly’s boyfriend, Dazza, gave her a handful of pills. That night Susie Greene disappeared. Her body and kidnapper were never found.
Twenty-two years later, the blood splattered t-shirt of the missing schoolgirl is unearthed from the Australian scrub and her best friend Kelly is reluctantly drawn back to her childhood home. Together with Dazza and Jason, once the most important men in her life, Kelly faces the bleakest of high school reunions. As the police dig deeper, Susie’s classmates are forced to confront memories of a night they’d hoped to leave buried in their adolescence forever.
An acerbic and fast-paced Gen X tale, a murder mystery/who-dunnit, revelling in the current 80s retro zeitgeist, Crushed explores the sinister violence that lurks beneath the sun-bleached facade of our ‘she’ll be right’ culture.
"Playwright Melita Rowston recalls her teen years being filled with the sounds of hair-metal bands - Guns N' Roses, Poison, Motley Crue and Skid Row. Growing up in the 1980s in a beachside Melbourne suburb, she also remembers being haunted by the story of a little girl who was stolen from bed one night. It's a memory that has proven hard to shake off."
"Life is made up of a few critical moments separated by a lot of thinking about how we should have responded in them. Melita Rowston's play, Crushed... explores the struggle of dealing with regrettable decisions when they coincide with a disaster."
Playwright Melita Rowston talks to Dave Drayton about the drama of disappearance.