Australia. 1959. Teenagers, Joe and May, are on the run from the Aboriginal mission where May has been living. With May close to giving birth they take refuge in a stable owned by a childless couple on the run from each other. As the rooster crows, all grapple for the thing that will make them whole. Will the angels intervene to protect the one they love?

'Nailed' is a play about family and love and the things we do out of desperation, a bittersweet love-story and a tragedy about damaged people limping towards salvation. It is a story about Faith, when it delivers us and when it fails us.

'Caleb Lewis has carved the rarest of jewels - a potent and poetic Australian tragedy. This is a muscular, yet tender story of family, faith and, finally, miraculous love. It’s a story of staggering theatrical power.'
David Bertold, Artistic Director, Griffin Theatre Company

'Caleb Lewis is a young Australian writer and this premiere, I’m convinced, marks the appearance of a significant new talent… Lewis brilliantly commands the twists and shocks he unleashes.'
Colin Rose, The Sun Herald

  • drama/tragedy
  • 100
  • 4 total
  • 2 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • adolescence
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 31

EXTRACT: The ground is burning up. Giving birth to this mad zoo of animals fleeing ragtag into the night. Taipans and blacksnakes winding about my feet. Galahs shrieking. I saw a roo hop past me on fire; lighting up more cane as he crashed on through. I gave up out there, May. Smoke filled the night and I breathed in deep. Let it fill my lungs like sails and take me away.

Adult language


Female | Teen | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 65

EXTRACT: You think I wanted this?... I tried. After you went. After you up and ran. I spent every morning crying and vomiting, hiding out in the showers. They thought it was just cos you left. That I made myself sick on a schoolgirl crush. They didn't know what was growing in my belly. They didn't know what I would do to get rid of it.

Adult themes


Female | 40s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 70

EXTRACT: I ran the water in the tub and I laid my head back and closed my eyes. Nice not to think for a while. I felt the water around me and I felt like an island. I know it sounds funny but it was so peaceful, Dennis. All on my own with no thoughts to bother me. So nice not to think./I had the razor there to shave my legs and I thought what it must feel like, to hold it up and cut my throat. Just a nick. Only for a moment. It felt just like a lullaby.

Adult themes

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