The Peppercorn Tree is a story of mateship, love, regret and reconciliation.

In Tobruk during World War II during an early morning air raid, Jonah Cloake made a split-second decision. The fallout took root and grew to overshadow his life and future relationships, especially with his wife and only son.

Burying his guilt under a veneer of jibes and humour, Jonah succeeded in avoiding his past for decades. Now, as he nears the end of life, the aging Jonah reluctantly agrees to record his memoirs with a biographer and in the process is forced to confront his demons.

By turns humorous and deeply moving, The Peppercorn Tree is a story of the healing power of reconciliation with oneself and others.

  • naturalistic drama
  • 90
  • 4 total
  • 2 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • history
  • 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | 60+ | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 33

EXTRACT: Got our uniforms and other clothing, then we were transported to Caulfield Racecourse..A depot for new recruits - we started basic training there. Probably six or eight weeks went by there and one day on parade it was announced that an anti-aircraft regiment was being formed and anybody who wanted to be in it was to step forward. So we four looked at each other and said, "Why not?" and we all stepped forward.

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