Winner of the Yarra Ranges-based Exit Theatre company’s 2014 scriptwriting competition, The Colour of Fire deals with post-bushfire trauma through the individual stories of a group of survivors as they attempt to overcome their loss and sadness.

Eva, Jack and Heather are all very different bushfire survivors. When their lives intersect at an anniversary they begin to discover that their pasts are more entangled than they first believed.

It is a powerful and compelling story of Eva, an artist who struggles with the grief of losing her family in the 2009 Victorian bush fires. Her trauma is reflected in her paintings in which the colour of fire is the dominant one.
When Eva is commissioned to paint the portraits of two bushfire survivors – Jack & Heather - her struggle comes to the surface.

  • drama
  • 50
  • 4 total
  • 2 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • history
  • 18+
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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EXTRACT: She called me too. To say goodbye. I was on the phone til the end. Not your dad. Me. You don’t know how I tried to save her. How I tried to think of every possible bloody way to get them out. They wouldn’t let me go. I even punched me mate out for standing in me way. I tried fighting the whole bloody lot of them. They were trying to stop me but I put up a good fight. It’s how I got me scar. But they knew there was no hope, the roads were closed...

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