by Maura Pierlot
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by Maura Pierlot

"I feel like I’m a piece, a fragment that’s missing all the good bits but I don’t know where to find the rest … the parts I need to work properly. I bet they wouldn’t fit anyway."

Eight young people navigating high school and beyond, each struggling to hold on – to family, to friends, to a piece of themselves. Perhaps you know them. The bubbly girl who keeps telling you she’s okay. The high achiever who’s suddenly so intense. The young teen obsessed with social media. The boy challenged by communication. Every single day they, and others, are working hard to keep it together. So hard, they don’t see their friends are struggling, too.

Speaking to the complexity, uncertainty and challenges of our lives today, Fragments is an honest and unflinching work, and a must-read for young people and adults alike.

"It’s disturbing, revealing and ultimately quite moving…Fragments is fine theatre as well as compelling social comment." - Len Power, Canberra Critics Circle

"Fragments is also noteworthy for its aim to offer a sense of agency to young people who may not feel their experiences of mental health are accurately represented or understood, in theatre and otherwise. And for what it’s worth, the play will undoubtedly help start many important conversations." - Rosalind Moran, New Territory

"Despite the angst, the script also contains moments of genuine humour, of wit, and of hope. The tragedy isn’t so much the pain the characters feel, but the fact that they’re so consumed by it that they don’t notice that everyone else feels it too. And by pointing this out, Fragments opens up the vital possibility of connection." - Erin Stewart, Artshub

Fragments is supported by the ACT Government through artsACT.


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