The Damned by Reg Cribb
The Damned is a hard-hitting social drama based on an apparently motiveless murder that took place in Collie, Western Australia, in 2006. Two schoolfriends, Natasha and Kylie, living in the small country town of Rainbow, are caught in a vortex of awakening sexuality, drugs and ennui. They murder another schoolgirl, Sarah-Jane, and hide her body under the house before confessing to the police.
Bold language rooted in the Australian idiom, and a firm grasp of storytelling, make The Damned an outstanding play in a stunning field of contenders. An ambitious, epic drama set amidst the ordinary and apparently mundane, The Damned reaches far beyond itself to say something profound and deeply disturbing about the lonely passions that continue to animate this restless land.
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