Christmas, 1987. Deirdre is trapped between nations, conflicts, and lives almost lived. She’s getting ready to celebrate the holiday alone, when fate gathers together all her old friends for one more night, and they find a small ember of warmth in the darkest corner of winter. But when Niamh arrives last with her new English boyfriend, the group start down a collision course that will change all of their lives forever. They don’t yet know how good and how bad things can be.

Never Closer is an exploration of love, trauma, and forgiveness in a shitty, beautiful world. By examining the generational trauma and cost of one nation’s battle against hatred, this new play asks whether it is possible to find light in the darkness, and whether it’s worth trying anyway.

  • drama
  • 80
  • 6 total
  • 3 female identifying, 3 male identifying
  • women
  • 18+
  • young adult, adult, teen
  • Australian Plays Transform


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Female | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 43

EXTRACT: I was thinking about that just now, when we were talking ghost stories. I hadn’t meant… we weren’t going to come over just yet. I mean we’re basically just off the plane. And I was a bit afraid how you’d all react. But something… I don’t know. Brought us here?

Adult language, Ableist language, Bullying, Physical abuse


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

EXTRACT: When I was little, I sometimes used to see people that others couldn’t see. Usually I’d just see them briefly, like an old farmer walking past the front gate, or a wee girl splashing in puddles as we drive by. But there was this one figure I’d see again and again; a woman, standing perfectly still by the river, right over there.

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