A surreal exploration of life and death, forgiveness and execution. A prisoner is awaiting execution by lethal injection. He is asked if he has any final words. He forgives his executioner. After he receives the injection he dies. As the executioner goes to leave he swats a mosquito. The prisoner is no longer dead and questions what life really is. Can it be easily swatted away like a mosquito? The executioner is stunned and confused. He asks the prisoner what it is like to die. The prisoner has transformed to a calm and charismatic individual and persuades the executioner to sit in the chair and pretend he is going to die, so he can experience that moment. He realises he has detached himself from the job of killing others and asks the prisoner to forgive him.

  • 10
  • 2 total
  • 2 male identifying
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


Search for details of past productions at

AusStage provides an accessible research facility for investigating live performance in Australia.

Search by play title and/or playwright name
Results will open in a new window

PLEASE NOTE: You will be directed to for search results; Australian Plays Transform is not responsible for their completeness. Refer to our terms of use.

SKU: ASC-1471 Category:

We acknowledge that we live and create on unceded lands. We pay our respects to the First Peoples of Australia, and to their elders past, present and future.

© Australian Plays Transform 2024