Do you avenge intolerable crimes or break the cycle of violence?
Elaine Acworth’s Solitary Animals takes two of the most confronting themes of the 1990s and crashes them head-on. Both are sexual crimes – the use of AIDS as a deadly weapon, and the rape camps of the Bosnian War. Each of the four ordinary characters must face issues of life and death but respond with their own individual coping mechanism.
Blue wants revenge, Amela wants to choose, Grev wants to forget and Laurel wants to understand why. Do you avenge intolerable crimes or break the cycle of violence?
Written by: Elaine Acworth
Themes: Revenge, Photojournalism, Yugoslav Wars
Length: 90 Minutes
Suitable for: Adults
Cast size: 4
Character ages: 30s–40s
Solitary Animals was first commissioned and produced by Sydney Theatre Company for New Stages premiering at Wharf 2 Theatre, Walsh Bay on July 17, 1996. A subsequent, much-revised production mounted by Renegade Theatre at Metro Arts in Brisbane in July 1997, was the winner of the Courier-Mail‘s Play of the Year and the winner of a Matilda Award for Elaine Acworth.
Solitary Animals is available for purchase as a digital script from Playlab Theatre.