The play is based on stories gathered together from the Hmong community in Hobart, and links these stories in a non-naturalistic way. The stories are told chronologically, beginning with village life in Laos. Their life is severely disrupted when in 1975 the communists took over the government with the intention of eradicating the Hmong people. The Hmong people flee their burning village, survive in the jungle, fight for their life and encounter massacres of their people. They cross the Mekong River to live in the limbo of a refugee camp in Thailand, before eventually settling in Hobart to begin a new life.

  • drama
  • 50
  • 4 total
  • 2 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • culturally and linguistically diverse
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • all ages, children, teen
  • Australian Script Centre


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Gender Unspecified | Child | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 14

EXTRACT: I've been in this refugee camp for two months. Last night the guards beat me and put me in prison. They found me outside the camp. I didn't want to escape. I just wanted water. Its summer and there is no water in the camp, so I had to do something. They said if I'd been older they would have shot me. I was only looking for water

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Female | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 14

EXTRACT: So now I will sit with my mother and girlfriend and sew my stories onto pillows. We send them to our relatives in Hobart, who sell them at a market and send us the money. Sometimes we use the money for food or medicine, and sometimes its taken by the guards. But we keep sewing. We have too, because one day it will buy us a new life.

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