Jake was the perfect sixties revolutionary married to the perfect feminist partner. Between them Jake and Camilla embody all that was apparently good about the boomer generation – and all of its lost promise. Their children Simone and Alex absorbed sixties ideology with their morning organic muesli – and have gone in very different directions. Alex is a chef and lives his life in perfect hedonistic indifference, Simone works for an NGO in South East Asia. When Simone returns home unexpectedly after 911 and the protests in Melbourne that eerily happened just one year before, the family is set for a reunion that will explode family mythologies and finally make Alex take a stand.

Palace was commissioned by Playbox and workshopped as well as shown in theatre in the raw in November 1992. Director: Tom Healey, Cast: Scott Brennan, Brian Lipson, Sarah Norris, Genevieve Picot

  • drama
  • 120
  • 4 total
  • 2 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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EXTRACT: Someone had an idea, and you read it in a book. An idea about starting from the beginning, erasing all the old mistakes, a fire burning with a purity that meant everyone could start again. While you painted the idea on walls and yelled it through a megaphone in Bourke St, someone somewhere else started to do it. Actually do it. And people died. And you quoted the book, that power comes from the barrel of a gun.

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