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BEYOND THE NECK by Tom Holloway


THEMES: Port Arthur Massacre, History, Grief


LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
Target Audience
Cast Size
CAST SIZE: 3 - 4 Cast Members
   PLAYWRIGHT: Tom Holloway
$ 23.95
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(First performed by Tasmania Performs in 2007. Chosen from over 400 works to be performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London. Winner of a 2008 AWGIE Award for Best Stage Play.)


The old man falls into his wife’s arms. He cries. The young mother and wife sees the pile of washing she has dropped on the floor. She cannot stand so she slides down the door. The teenage girl as a child sits thinking she’s in trouble but instead tells her mother the news. The boy walks home in silence. He feels the blood run down his cheek.

Four complete strangers, bound by a shared moment. The Tasmanian Port Arthur Massacre. Ten years on and still the aftershock ripples.

Based on in-depth interviews, Beyond the Neck deals with the grief and recovery of the 1996 tragedy.

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"If one can contend with the complexity of this piece, no small ask, Beyond the Neck is a rewarding night at the theatre."  The Buzz from Sydney, 2007

"The sadness will never really leave many people's lives, but there is something warm and human that can come out of sharing stories such as Beyond the Neck." -  ABC, 2007

“A remarkable play - Tom is an authentic, original and exciting new playwright.” - Royal Court Theatre (London), 2007

"Having shown in Sydney as well, the play comes to Melbourne’s Red Stitch Theatre for the first time, all the more poignant as the majority Port Arthur’s survivors live in Victoria. While possibly resurfacing painful events the story still resonates for audiences and cast-members alike." - Beat

ISBN 9780908156924

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