PORKY PIES

by Alex Lee, Veronica Milsom

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PORKY PIES

by Alex Lee, Veronica Milsom

The Parsons Park Secondary College Class of 1998 is together again for their ten year high school reunion. There’s a mix of excitement and anxiety in the air as old friends gather and feel obliged to justify who they’ve become since school. But how far will a few white lies take them?

From the moment audience members collect their tickets and are greeted by former School Captain, Kitty Dixon, they become part of the Class of 1998. The event takes place in a bar, complete with old photos on the walls, school memorabilia and tacky decorations in the school colours. Both the Barman and the DJ are in on the action. The cheeky Barman – working behind the bar with the regular staff – encourages characters to tell a few ‘porky pies’ in order to feel better about their achievements (or lack of).

Why would you admit that your perfect marriage is not so perfect, that you left school and became a Parking Inspector or that you’re a washed-up unemployed actress? The answer is that you wouldn’t – not if you thought you could get away with telling a few porkies.

Cringe at the unwieldy banter and nod in recognition at the ways we seek acceptance and approval through institutionalised conformity. With awkward conversations aplenty and moments of clarity for each character, Porky Pies takes an entertaining and thigh-slapping look at the social enigma that is a school reunion.

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