Tass is in his late 30s and still lives with his widowed mother after the death of his childhood sweetheart. On the fourth anniversary of his wife’s death he meets Ellen and starts to wrestle with his guilt and with the necessity to move forward. His mother, Lily, herself emotionally stunted after the death of her errant husband eleven years ago takes matters in her own hands and plots to push her only son towards self-acceptance and a new love.

  • naturalistic drama
  • 90
  • 3 total
  • 2 female identifying, 1 male identifying
  • culturally and linguistically diverse
  • 18+
  • adult, all ages, children
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | 60+ | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 24

EXTRACT: I waited last night. Fish on Wednesday. Kept thinking "He's all right/ Lily. He's all right. He's all right. He starting to live."/Ah this head of mine./ Some days no one comes and I find myself talking aloud. It's then I/ know I'm alone. Me, who was going to be a hospital sister,/ surrounded by people. Look at me now./ I'm not complaining, not really. I like sitting here. The birds make you/ feel wanted. The water down there.../ But I watched the clock change hours, saw the hands actually move./ They didn't come. That bloody hospital.

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