A mock marriage is supposed to allow Imad to escape the discrimination in his country. His lover, his alibi-wife and his advocate discuss the details in Imad's absence. To lie accurately, they have to align their stories about him - and yet they keep contradicting themselves. Imad turns into a blind spot, into a stranger whose life is diametrically opposed to the liberal and casual world of his friends, and who eludes definitions.

While the three spin their tales, the object of their interest is being questioned by the police. Will the authorities be able to unearth more reliable facts?

  • realistic drama
  • 100
  • 4 total
  • 1 female identifying, 3 male identifying
  • adolescence
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | 30s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 15

EXTRACT: But they still call it that/ the sandstorm/ And apart from the hooves and ears and tails and the blood-stains/ there's sand everywhere/ Sand in the drawers of you hotel room/ sand in your shoes/ between your teeth/ sand in your ears/ and in your underwear/ and in your mouth there's sand as well/ fine/ fine sand/ like flour/ as fine as the flour your mother used to sift before baking a cake/


Male | 30s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 46

EXTRACT: In Cairo yes/ In Cairo that would be normal/ In Cairo the police do whatever they want/ For the police in Cairo/ it's like Ramadan and Coptic Christmas together/ it is for the police/ when they can drive to the Sinai/ drug raid/ put the bad Bedouins up against a wall/ and shoot them/ self-defence up against a brick wall/ And bag all the hemp/ and what they can't take with them/ they burn/along with the houses/ What a feast!

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