Imre is an ‘almost failed’ academic struggling to write the book about his family’s Budapest history that will save his career and maybe his marriage. If only he can he get the story straight. Then again, does he want to?

Over one night involving bad fish soup, Silberberg’s day-old bread and a lot of red wine, old scars are scratched open as Imre and his wife, Sarah, press Imre’s mother, Eva, and her oldest friends, Katalin and Jozsef, into revealing the truth.

The play hurtles us from an intimate dinner in inner-urban Australia, to the streets of 1956 Budapest, Nazi-occupied Hungary and sixties Melbourne dance halls, in an explosive collision of truth and lies, history, morality and shame.

As old refugees and their children scramble to find a way to love after surviving the horrors of the twentieth century, The Chain Bridge asks the question, 'Does history ever release us?'

  • drama
  • 130
  • 5 total
  • 3 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • history, culturally and linguistically diverse
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre




"The ultimate incarnation of The Chain Bridge is a testament to The Street Theatre’s dedication to promoting local, original works". REVELLY ROBINSON



"The Chain Bridge is a haunting play, brilliantly staged for this production with memorable performances by five outstanding actors". Bill Stephens



'Without giving away too much, it is essentially about acknowledging the survivor behind a story and freeing them from the burden of history – allowing them to move on from the person that circumstances forced them to be. Bravo to all!" - Deborah Hawke

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