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It’s summer 1965 in a small, hot town
in Western Australia. Overseas, war is raging in Vietnam, Civil Rights marches
are on the streets, and women’s liberation is stirring – but at home in
Corrigan Charlie Bucktin dreams of writing the Great Australian Novel. Charlie’s
14 and smart. But when 16-year-old, constantly-in-trouble Jasper Jones appears
at his window one night, Charlie’s out of his depth. Jasper has stumbled upon a
terrible crime in the scrub nearby, and he knows he’s the first suspect
– that goes with the colour of his skin. He needs every ounce of Charlie’s
bookish brain to help solve this awful mystery before the town turns on Jasper.
Kate Mulvany’s adaptation of Craig Silvey’s award-winning novel is wise and
beautiful – it features a cast of finely drawn teenagers and grown-ups, all
searching for their own kind of truth. A coming-of-age story,
the lives of complex individuals all struggling to find happiness among the
buried secrets of a small rural community.
"Whether you know the book or not, this piercing adaptation is very
much worth seeing for the way it depicts – and shows ways across – some
of the deep and enduring divides in our society."
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KATE MULVANY graduated with a BA from Curtin University. She is an actress who has played lead roles with major Australian theatre companies as well as appearing on TV and in film. Her other plays include:
Father O Friendly,
Derek Drives a Datsun,
Blood and Bone (Winner of Naked Theatre Co's “Write Now"! Award),
The Danger Age—which was shortlisted for the STC's Patrick White Award and won the 2004 Philip Parsons Award—and
Somewhere which opened Railway Street Theatre's new venue in 2005.
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