The Library's reading rooms are open. Before you visit, please read Visiting the Library.
A woman crashes her car in the centre of Australia and is found by a man, a miner, who is going home to his wife — a woman at a breaking point of her own. During one long night, their stories unfold in overlapping narratives that grapple with love, chance, beginnings, endings and the possibility of redemption. Mary-Anne Butler’s taut text opens out the inner worlds of her characters, articulating the spaces between them and their ache for connection.
This three-hander set in the red desert heart of Australia balances pathos, humour, tension and tenderness. Crafted with a poet’s feel for rhythm and language, it evokes the centre’s limitless sky and unique landscape through deft use of imagery and silence. The text is a rich weave, contrasting the humbling expanse of wilderness with the confining strictures of domesticity; the struggle toward life with a premature death. This is a deceptively ‘small’ piece — its reach and impact belying its cast size and page numbers. Butler never flinches from big questions about hope and survival, and the choices we make in our here and now.