A contemporary clash-of-cultures love story between Malaysian-born Sherman and Australian Monika as they struggle with the expectations of their friends and families and their own cultural traditions. In the process they are forced to examine their own attitudes and acknowledge with at times painful honesty the implausibility of completely extricating oneself from the past.

"While the story is relatively conventional, the writing by Nicky Marr is very good... Even the minor characters are not neglected, each given some interesting work to do and drawn with considerable empathy... an impressive script."
- Simon Piening, Melbourne Stage, 12 March 2006

  • comedy
  • 65
  • 3 total
  • 1 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • adolescence, history
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | Teen | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 49

EXTRACT: Lauren Test: She means to be kind I know but since Michael was killed... all the women try to avoid her. \\\'Had a letter?\\\' She calls. Always, \\\'Had a letter? Lucky your Alfred is in Palestine.\\\' Michael of course was killed in France, where the real war is and it always ends the same way, \\\'Oh well, no news is good news.\\\' And we know she means,\\\' no news is better than...\\\' and you feel so guilty.


Female | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 27

EXTRACT: Finally one champagne too many and I start getting a bit 'mouthy'. Allude to Grace's affair and Bruce's collection of stuffed animals. 'Tell me Bruce. Can Big Ted give consent? Where's your significant object? Now I'm out of control. God knows what I'd say to Brian and Sue about their open marriage. You gently suggest I should lower my voice. I respond by promptly falling off my chair and taking the table down with me. Before you know it my mother's in tears and I've spoilt Christmas again.

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