This script is part of the Australian Plays Education Resources Collection

Bob and Fran Price have loved each other for thirty years. They have built a home and raised four strong children. At the end of it all, they are left asking: Was it worth it? Who are we, now that the children have gone?

Things I Know to be True is a funny and honest account of family life in the Australian suburbs. Over the course of one year, the four adult Price children struggle to establish their identities and deal with personal crises.

This new classic play by Andrew Bovell (Lantana, The Secret River, When the Rain Stops Falling) is about growing up and moving on, even if you’re not ready to.

'A thing of beauty, exquisitely observed. An absolute gem.' Daily Telegraph

'An intricate, inventive study of family life.' Evening Standard

'Tender, physical and deeply relatable.' Guardian

'Genuinely haunting and fervently recommended.' Independent

'Gently magical.' Times

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  • drama
  • 0
  • 6 total
  • 3 female identifying, 3 male identifying
  • gender, women
  • Currency Press


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Female | 30s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 17

EXTRACT: This garden is the world. Everything that matters happened here. I kissed my first boy in that shed. I was nine. He was my cousin, Tom. Down from Port Augusta. I don’t know if it counts if it was your cousin. But it was a kiss, nonetheless. He kissed me and then he put his hand down my pants. I don’t know what he expected but I think he got a shock because he pulled it straight back out again. But I liked it. I got so excited that I bit his face.


Female | Teen | 5 to 10 minutes
Starts on page 3

EXTRACT: Berlin. A winter coat. A travel bag. A red nose. And a broken heart. I’m standing on the platform at the train station. It’s cold. The train is late and my socks are wet. I’m not quite sure how I got here or where I’m meant to go next. I met him four nights ago and he was the most beautiful boy I had ever seen. His name was Emmanuel, of course, and he came from Madrid. I’d been travelling by myself for three months. The great European adventure. London. Dublin. Paris. Prague. Then Berlin.

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