Naomi is an installation artist who has reached a crossroads in her life – her relationship with Peter seems to be going nowhere, and her work has stalled. She is intensely caught up in the drama of her family history – her strongest relationships are with her brother Miles and her enigmatic grandmother Violet – once a music hall artist, now living alone in a flat haunted by the spirit of her dead husband, Naomi’s grandfather. As Naomi comes closer and closer to uncovering the secrets of her grandfather’s life, the family begins to fall apart and the malevolence of her grandfather’s spirit begins to be felt in the daylight world. Digging into a past that traces the damage done by two world wars, Naomi uncovers a truth that allows her to move forward with her life – but not without a terrible cost.

Commissioned by Playbox, Nominated for Wal Cherry Award 1996. First performed at La Mama, November 2000. Cast Scott Brennan, Anne Browning, Megan Jones, Mark Pegler, Ian Scott. Director: Tom Healey, Designer: Daryl Cordell, Sound: David Franzke, Lighting: Michele Preshaw

  • drama
  • 120
  • 5 total
  • 2 female identifying, 3 male identifying
  • history
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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EXTRACT: You talked about watching me on the stage for the first time. I thought it was romantic, as I took off my clothes and you watched. Back from France, a night at the theatre, watching me. I remember I sang for you, trying to be brave as you sat on the end of the bed and watched.

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