In The Violin, a father, a mother and a child, stand huddled together, boarding a train for deportation. They speak in intercut monologues, dwelling on different things: the child fascinated by the moving patch of sun on her hands and feet; the woman's delight at the child lying between the parent's bodies and at hearing her man playing the violin next door.
The husband compacts past and present—there is always someone crying, he says, and stares down the looming existential void, likening humanity to the bristles on a brush.
Daniel Keene's collaboration with director Ariette Taylor—the Keene/Taylor Theatre Project—was critically acclaimed both locally and overseas.
The Violin was first performed at La Mama as part of the KTTP Season 5 (presented by La Mama), 9—20 December, 1998. Directed by Ariette Taylor, Design by Kari Morseth, Lighting Design by Shane Grant, Stage Manged by David Presser. Cast: Paul English, Anni Finsterer, Chloe Armstrong.
- poetic drama
- 15 minutes
- 2 female, 1 male
- 12 to 16, 16 to 18, 18+
- young adult, adult
- Australian Script Centre