Opening Sentence:A school performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is coming to a close.
Synopsis:Away opens with a school performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the great Shakespearean themes of suffering, regeneration and reconciliation persist. It’s Christmas 1967 and time to re-enact the rituals of the summer holiday. Three Australian families set out separately but are driven together by a storm. At times funny and yet painfully truthful, Away exposes the comedy and tragedy of their lives.
Comments: There’s not a lot I can add to the Synopsis except to say that Away is a fine example of Australian theatre and I really enjoyed reading it. Despite being set on holidays, this play is actually about coming home. Coral’s illness, Tom’s knowledge of his fate, Gwen’s attitude to life – all are things which set these characters apart from their peers and loved ones. Yet at the end we see all come together in a spirit of cooperation and enjoyment bringing closure or the sense of ‘coming home’ mentioned earlier. I would very much like to see this play performed.
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