Luka is going to get coffee, when he hits and kills a dog. Trying to find its owner, he catches the eye of an unknown woman. And suddenly he is remembering his mother, and the looks she gave, and the brother that came before him, who was gone before him, who he should have been. And now he is driving back to the family house...

"Intriguing and affecting theatre... Lingers like a disconcerting but instructive dream" - The Australian

Recipient of 2006 Jill Blewett Playwrights Award, and a 2007 Best Playwright Oscart.

Commissioned by Brink Productions, premiered in 2007 directed by Chris Drummond

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  • tragedy
  • 60
  • 5 total
  • 2 female identifying, 3 male identifying
  • 18+
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | 30s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 3

EXTRACT: I... have... just hit a dog. And... I guess I don't really know how to deal with that. I mean, I know it was just a dog and... not a kid or anything, thank god but, yeah, I don't know. I'm still quite shaken up. I wasn't going too fast or not looking - I was concentrating, I was going at the speed limit. But, um... it came out too quickly, from nowhere, from off the footpath, and I didn't have time to brake, and so I hit it... yeah.


Male | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 9

EXTRACT: This morning I was lying in bed with a really nice girl... I think. I don't know. It's soon, but yeah, she's good. And then she heads off and I go to get coffee, because I want a normal day. That was the whole point of it - that's why you do it. Because when you have coffee and read the paper in the morning, it means you're setting yourself up for a normal day, 'cos that's what normal people do. You don't think - I'd better not get coffee because if I do I might kill an animal.


Female | 30s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 29

EXTRACT: Look, here's my Medicare card - you can check the credit rating on that. Tell them it's the woman who just had the colonoscopy. Paid it in full too. And here - a voucher for a pedicure. Because on my birthday, my mother now sends me single middle-aged woman presents. Have a chat with her - she'll find this hilarious. Oh! Here's the number of a man I met. Here's another one. And here. I'm sure at least one of them will remember me. Here's a bar of chocolate - serving for one! Tonight! Hopefully with a fucking movie!

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