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Image by Rohan Makhecha

Carrying light


Produced: State Theatre of South Australia/Vitalstatistix

Awards: Best New SA Play, Adelaide Critics’ Circle, 1999; Short-listed: 1999 ANPC/New Dramatists Exchange Award

Rose MacBride, a discredited photojournalist, returns to the small country town of her birth to find that her beloved childhood friend, Hannah, has become part of a religious cult lead by her erratic, charismatic brother, Nicky ‘Raphael’ Carver. As MacBride and a companion, Harvey Marshall, investigate the cult, Carl Lucas, an adolescent protégé of MacBride becomes drawn further into the danger zone around Raphael.


“[The] underlying theme is of tragic manifestations of the human quest for love, protection and belonging … the image of humiliation and forgiveness haunts the memory long after curtain call.”

Samela Harris, The Advertiser, 1999


“Clever, engaging and thought-provoking.”

Robert Afleck, Empire Times, 1999

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