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Sarah is a young woman struggling to escape the bonds of family; her mother, her two sisters and her (recently deceased) father. Contrary by nature, she has fallen in love and lust with a charismatic drifter.
With a framework of reference that moves from chaos theory to family, to art and on to the fundamentals of passion and death, 'Sweet Thing' uses a fluid timeframe to explore the cross-generational random connections that are the unexpected turning points of a life. It's tender, funny, sharp and sexy.
"More than a touch of chaos as love and conflict collide." - Sydney Morning Herald
"The Sweetest Thing is at times poetic and achingly poignant." - The Daily Telegraph
Shortlisted for the 2006 London Warehouse Theatre's International Play Writing Festival
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Female | 50s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 16
EXTRACT: I don't know why the young assume, Frank, that their elders should sleep. I don't know why they should assume, either, that we might be shocked by their passion. Do you think, Frank, that they think - that she, thinks, Sarah - thinks - that she's the first young woman to be obliterated by her passion for a particular man? (beat) Well./ Stars. Such a far, cold light.
Female | 40s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 72
EXTRACT: He knew Mum was close to the end, so he didn't ask any questions, but he wouldn't have anyway. I kissed him - on the cheek - his mouth smelled of vomit - and I said 'Bye, Jim.' And he said. 'Send me a photo.' And he didn't mean Mum./ So when you were born, I sent him the photo, with the date and time and place of your birth, of me and you, with your brown eyes and your rosy skin./He'll have kept it. Even as a baby you looked like him.
Details of the 2010 production of The Sweetest Thing, staged at the Belvoir St Downstairs Theatre. (PDF: 524kb)
"Indeed, it is the quality of the characterisation that makes this play worth seeing. Both Laughton's development of these characters in the script and the cast's portrayal of them are infinitely engaging, and I think it belies an excellent collaborative ethos in the creative team."