Published in Staging Asylum: Contemporary Australian Plays About Refugees
Two asylum seekers, two musical instruments, two philosophies of survival, one bag of snacks. Two young men in a detention centre await news about their cases. One plays the guitar, the other the drums; although they hate each other's taste in music, they've noone else to play with. The guitarist believes in staying hopeful; the drummer believes that hope is useless - it picks you up only to slam you down. One is rejected, the other is released. They share a bag of halal-el-mashakel, a mix of nuts and berries known as 'problem solvers'.
Not in Print speaks to Australian playwright Linda Jaivin about her play 'Halal-el-Mashakel'.