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THE HOUR BEFORE MY BROTHER DIES

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Sally hasn't seen her brother Martin in four years. Now he's in jail about to be hanged. She comes to visit it him for the last time. In this intense encounter they recall and role play their shared history as well as putting to bed some unfinished business.

  • poetic drama
  • 90
  • 2 total
  • 1 female identifying, 1 male identifying
  • 18+
  • adult, young adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Martin

Male | 40s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 7

EXTRACT: I asked Jimmy was he here for the last hanging. But it was before his time. It must have been fifteen years ago. They did it at night. They do everything at night here. Jimmy asked me was I frightened. I told him that I was. He said he was scared as well. He thinks if you spend long enough with someone you start having the same thoughts. You won't feel my neck snap I said. He said he'd know when it did.

Adult themes

Sally

Female | 30s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 14

EXTRACT: You were standing . . . someone was standing on the street, only a few feet away from the window. As the bus passed he looked straight at me. I thought it was you. I turned away and I didn't look back. I was frightened that you'd got out somehow, or they'd let you out for some reason, they're always letting people like you out for some reason, but I couldn't think why they'd let you out, after what you'd done, I read about what you'd done.

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Sally

Female | 30s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 45

EXTRACT: So I had to tell you stories, anything to stop you dreaming of her. And when I couldn't think of anything or if the stories I told weren't good enough, you'd shout at me, you'd scream that I wasn't telling the right story, that it wasn't the story you wanted and you'd go on shouting at me until I told you another and another and another, until you could fall asleep and dream of what I told you. PAUSE. Tell me you remember that. Tell me you remember.

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