The orphanage boys’ choir has won the interstate competition 3 years in a row. Miss Lawson (never seen) wants to win it again. She has the boy sopranos castrated so that their voices will remain high, pure and beautiful. The choir boys get an easy life with 7 to a dormitory and they also are passionate in wanting to win. Andrew is the Head Boy in the dormitory of this story. The others idolise him except for Michael who will not speak and sits at his desk cutting out heads from photos in magazines. Underneath the story lies an uneasy and distorted sexuality with Andrew as love-god.
During a fight/game/tease Michael reveals that the castration is a mistake because they were done too late. Their voices are still changing. He thinks everyone must know this but the other boys don’t. They are extremely disturbed by the revelation. They try to organise an escape. They try to tell the rest of the choir who won’t believe them at first and fighting breaks out amongst the different choir rooms. Others try to set the building on fire. In a fight, David (the singer) is injured in the throat. He commits suicide with the help of his best friend, Colin.
Andrew tries to bring about calm. But he no longer holds sway over his group. They castrate him so that everyone in their room will be equal.
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Male | Teen | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 23
EXTRACT: Don't start that. What else are you going to get in here? I'm not a poof. Don't start that. It's normal to like people - and if you like someone, you like to screw them. (Pause) And I like you. (Pause) Who knows why? You're a proud pig. You enjoy putting me down. But I like you. And you like me. It's no use saying you don't. I see the way you still look at me. You're just too proud to admit it. But you can do it now. No-one else is around. (Pause) Why are you so bloody proud?Adult themes, Adult language
Male | Teen | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 35
EXTRACT: In the world doing what you're told is more important than your own wishes. Guilt is more important than innocence. Hate is always more important than love. We're made to feel guilty and to hate ourselves. I'm guilty and I hate myself. I hate my ugly body and I hate my squashed mind.Adult themes
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