This play dramatises the relationship between Emma and Charles Darwin – the religion of one woman versus the science of one man. Their respective positions continue to reflect the impact of the doctrine of Natural Selection today. At its heart, this is a story of courage, tragedy and love.

  • drama, historical
  • 120
  • 8 total
  • 4 female identifying, 4 male identifying
  • 3 to 8, 8 to 12, 12 to 16, 16 to 18, 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | Unspecified | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 40

EXTRACT: I was riding a horse. (A beat) I didn't know that the horse was called Kryptonite. I fell from the horse and I lost all my powers. My spine was broken. In one moment, I went from the fittest member of society to the weakest. (A beat) Now I don't want anybody feeling sorry for me. That's not what this is about.


Male | 30s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 58

EXTRACT: Does he not wonder why every great moment of science disproves something the bible tells us is true? I think we can assume that His Grace has read the bible - but, despite agreeing to talk to us today, he has clearly not bothered to read The Origin of Species. For if he had, he would know that what has fallen from his lips today is balderdash on stilts!

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