by Peter Maple

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by Peter Maple

Raw, bold, and Experimental. Dramatic and Darkly Humorous. Peter Maple’s BEAST.BELLY.BEAST delves inside the minds of two ex-servicemen suffering the repercussions of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Examining the effects of War on (Australia’s) returned servicemen, specifically the flow on effect of inter-generational trauma, BEAST.BELLY.BEAST presents the often fracturing and destructive nature of (any) PTSD that can distort Time, Place, and Space. Written in consultation with Australian Military veterans who themselves have suffered from PTSD, the play endeavours to mirror their mind-space and experiences.

Take a glimpse inside these broken windows of the heart, mind, and soul, to find two men — two friends — two soldiers: in and out of ‘The Belly of the Beast’.

“It’s a world full of Giants and Ants... Do you hear me?!
Beasts and Babies.
Predators and Prey.
Guilty and Innocent.
And if you’re not one; then you’re the other.
One or the other, man. One; or the other!”

— Captain Hamish Michael Forbes, BEAST.BELLY.BEAST


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