By Mary Anne ButlerDrama Currency Press
A car crash in the Central Desert. A broken man, about to leave his wife, who has a deep, dark secret of her own. Broken entwines the stories of three complex lives as they unfold on a single fateful night in the heart of the NT’s desert country.
Australia’s top end – the land and its people – comes alive with tension, sadness, and humour in this extremely well crafted work. The evocation of an Aussie bloke in the play is both old fashioned on some levels (laconic, competent, rough) and new (emotionally intelligent, educated, kind) and the other two characters are equally well drawn.
The emotional journey is beautifully plotted and moving, with an opening sequence that is theatrically alive and full of inventive dramatic links – played out in a great, dark expanse of earth beneath the stars – and a finale that draws its power from the claustrophobic domestic environment of the family home.
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