Jack Power, an ex-seaman, is a lightkeeper at an unnamed lighthouse on the south-east coast (the 'shipwreck coast') of South Australia. The play covers his midnight-to-dawn watch on a stormy night with a struggling ship in the near distance. Jack revisits the major events of his turbulent life and, in particular, his love for and loss of the widow, Agnes Mary Taylor and her six-year-old son, Henry.

'A small, theatrical gem...a gripping, moving and absorbing dramatic experience.' Helen Thomson, The Age
'The romanticism, danger, loneliness and isolation of shipwrecks and coast life is effortlessly evoked...not to be missed.' David Grybowsi, DB magazine
Radio adaptation by ABC Radio Arts, May 2003 (1/2 hour)

  • naturalistic drama
  • 75
  • 1 total
  • 1 male identifying
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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