Members of a German religious order working on a remote Australian mission are removed for internment during WW2. Brother Blacksmith, usually the butt of jokes, is left behind as too innocuous to be a security risk. When the Mission implodes without its usual stern leadership group, the blacksmith Tobias is drawn/pushed to leave his forge by two Irish nuns. They make him ring the bell and this assembles the community, but then there must be a Mass, only there is no one to take it. Tobias' response steers the Mission away from riot and self-destruction, saving the situation. He does this unwillingly and with his unintentional humour. When the Bishop returns he is appalled to discover the congregation has been laughing in church and moves to send Tobias away, but the congregation with new found voice will not let their blacksmith go.

  • drama
  • 100
  • 13 total
  • 4 female identifying, 9 male identifying
  • history
  • 18+
  • all ages
  • Australian Script Centre


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John Durst

Male | 40s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 98

EXTRACT: My faults are like rain. Yet they do not blur with time, each has a sharp singularity that stings like a pelting thunderstorm. Regrets are worthless but adversity teaches tolerance. It is a war for liberty, despite the inconvenience. Perhaps that may license the reading of my letter in church, or such of it as survives. Our censor has the rabbits like the rest of the population.

Bishop Rubrick

Male | 50s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 68

EXTRACT: I never thought friends could desert so quickly. I approached them for letters of support for Durst and the others, whom they know well, from many dealings. Some promised, some pitied, some frigidly refused, some regretted they could not help, and all said times have changed… times never stop changing, but true friendship does not, it is the fixture by which we know what change is! Or am I a fool to think this?

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