A heavily ritualised performance piece in the non-naturalistic/experimental style, using space, voice, movement, light and sound to explore dynamics and power relationships in a hostage situation. The piece dissects a single point in time to explore the action, ideas, history and emotion of that moment. It is playable as one long narrative piece (90 min) or as separate sequences (10-30 min) for exploring acting and stagecraft.

"A good play for young actors. It does not involve in-depth character analysis and development, but it does involve analysis of ideas and theatrical forms, requiring flexibility, creativity and discipline." Cathie Clelland, Theatre Studies Dept, ANU.

  • experimental, ritual, poetic
  • 90
  • 8 total
  • 4 female identifying, 4 male identifying
  • adolescence
  • 12 to 16, 16 to 18, 18+
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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EXTRACT: Three folks marooned on a desert island: Diddly- A, Diddley-B and Diddley-C squat. One day deep in the sixth month , sauntering the beach they find a lamp buried in the sand. Diddley-A picks it up. Rubs it Whomp - a genie Towers before them. "Hoes it going guys ? he booms, dusting himself off.

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