Three daughters gather at their mother’s wake, reeling. Grief is weird, isn’t it?

Candice just wants to pack up her mother’s things without getting sentimental, while Alex – newly sober and dreading a relapse – sneaks old bits of Tupperware into her handbag. Their adopted little sister Sydney is doing pretty well. That’s two mothers she’s lost now, not that she’s counting.

With their childhood home up for sale the sisters are left adrift, wrestling with their grief and each other. Considering they can’t even agree on the type of person their mother was… this should be fun.

Ringing with harsh realities and a few home truths, Toast is a warm, funny story about the family we’re given and the family we choose for ourselves.

  • drama, comedy, naturalistic
  • 75
  • 4 total
  • 4 female identifying
  • lgbtqia+, gender, women
  • 18+
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 37

EXTRACT: I wonder if all it takes to get left behind is to die, or to have someone else die, and then there’s nothing keeping you in their lives or their memory anymore so you’re just… a leftover, like the books and the clothes and all the other stuff Candice keeps shoving into boxes. I’m worried that’s what’s going to happen. That Mum adopted me, so I was hers more than anyone’s, and now she’s gone and I’m still here and it’s only a matter of time before somebody realises and wonders what to do with me.


Female | 30s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 46

EXTRACT: I just want to get it out, whatever I have to do, I just want to break things and hurt things. People. Sometimes I go running until it gets dark. I used to wonder where it came from but maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m just broken. Maybe I’m the piece of shit. Matt comes home with these beautiful flowers and I just want to run after him and shove them down his throat, thorns first, see how he likes it. “Your Mum’s dead. You’ll always be an addict. Have some flowers. I promise it’ll get better.”



"...a strong piece of writing..."



"A beautifully considered work, bringing laughter, tears and bitter-sweet memories as well as its own considerations of ever fresh topics, Toast confirms that family is the best and worst part of our lives."



" apt and astoundingly accurate portrayal of grief and family..."

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