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MUM, ME AND THE I.E.D

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The play, based on real events, deals with the neglected issue of PTSD in young soldiers and the dark ripples that spread across their families and communities. Rob, an army medic, suffers PTSD and ‘time travels’ between home and Afghanistan. His anti-war mother, weary counsellor and vulnerable brother pull him in different directions. Crowe, his senior officer is tearing out the ‘stitches’ in his wounds. After Rob and his mother expose Crowe, Rob leaves the army for their remote family farm.

Plagued by guilt for not saving the life of Brownie, his best mate in Afghanistan and disturbed by his brother’s depression, Rob visits Jodie, Brownie’s fiancée, and learns his mate’s death was a ‘fake’ trauma. Then he hears Crowe has committed suicide. Rob is plotting suicide when his mother, who has undergone her own bitter journey, reaches out using poetry that bonded them long ago. The play ends with them entwined, their futures ambivalent, as the other characters form a shadowy tableau.

  • drama
  • 120
  • 5 total
  • 2 female identifying, 3 male identifying
  • history
  • 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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MUM, ME AND THE I.E.D REVIEW

SCOOP

"///Mum, Me and the I.E.D.///, is a new work of significance, the play of our time, with a story that needs to be told, a story of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (once known as shell shock) and the effects beyond war."

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ALT MEDIA

"This is gripping, highly emotional and thought-provoking theatre at its best, which gives a confrontational insight into the operation of the military machine."

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THE BUZZ FROM SYDNEY

"This is a gutsy play that packs a punch."

MUM, ME AND THE I.E.D REVIEW

THEATRE TRAVELS

"The work touches on some very real issues that young soldiers face during their time in the armed forces, but most importantly, the play focuses on the lack of support for those coming home with mental health issues."

MUM, ME AND THE I.E.D REVIEW

SYDNEY ARTS GUIDE

"MUM, ME & THE I.E.D is an achievement of impressive proportion."

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EAST SIDE FM

"...outstanding..."

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AUDREY JOURNAL

"...this is a substantial and thoughtfully composed work..."

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SUZY GOES SEE

"...an uncompromising look at the psychological damage inflicted on those we send away to war..."

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