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Sean has a terrible confession to make. He wants to tell his sister the unforgivable thing he has done, but just as he gathers the courage to walk through the door of the building where she works, the ground begins to shake and the walls begin to crack.
'Motion Sickness' tracks the interconnecting stories of nine young city-dwellers. Sibling rivalry, ambition, fear and the promise of something better fuel their struggle to cope with the ever-increasing speed of daily life, with its media saturation and high expectations. But these everyday stresses are thrown into relief by a devastating earthquake that changes all their lives.
'[A] finely crafted ensemble piece.' Simon Slade, Adelaide
Theatre Guide www.theatreguide.com.au, October 20, 2004
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Female | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 99
EXTRACT: Al was only fifteen. It didn't have to happen. I watched his mum and dad at the funeral. All sombre and resigned. I could see it in their eyes. This look. Like it was inevitable. Like he deserved it or something. I don't know, that's not fair it's just, I wanted to talk to him, so I stayed with him for a long time in the hospital, hoping he'd wake up. (pause) And I, I knew I shouldn't've but I wanted to know who he was. You sort've don't expect someone who lives on the street to have a wallet..
Male | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 50
EXTRACT: I also have to confess to a certain level of cynicism. (pause) You might ask yourself: 'Why is he cynical about a full house on Good Friday? He should count himself lucky. (pause) The thing is, a full house once a year isn't enough to keep a parish afloat. (beat) Next year this parish may not be here anymore. (pause) St Stephen's Anglican is hanging by a thread. (pointing) The sports centre next door wants to buy this building to expand their business.