Rose and Beth are kids; best friends; about to finish school; the world beckoning them. They sit on a river bank, and dream about what the future holds in store for them.

Ten years later, and the future has caught up with them. Strangers to one another, they find each other at a school reunion, the past a silent companion beside them. What happened at the river ten years ago, and where are they now?

This coming-of-age story is built on big themes: love, fate, hatred, and the poisonous effect of this mix. The River is about struggling to find your queer identity in a small town, and what happens when it all goes wrong.

  • drama
  • 55
  • 2 total
  • 2 female identifying
  • gender, lgbtqia+, women, young people
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Starts on page 40

EXTRACT: ROSE: Poor Derek. BETH: Yeah. Poor Derek. ROSE: (more to herself) How does that happen? [BETH hears her question. She makes a choice to speak:] BETH: It doesn’t, not right away. Takes little bits, over time, little knocks, to bend you out of shape so completely. Your whole life is just going through the motions, making plans, settling down—not ‘cos you want to, mind, you’re not even thinking about the choices you’re making. You’re just a twig caught on a big river. And you don’t notice, or complain, ‘cos everyone’s doing such a good job of telling you, this is right. You’re doing all the right things, all the things you’re supposed to. Marriages, kids, the whole thing.

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INDAILY, 2017.

"Tales of love, hatred and jealousy are explored in an award-winning play by Flinders graduate CJ (Callum) McLean."

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