Marco, Lou, and Josie gather by the river to remember their friend, Phoebe, who drowned ten years earlier. Their ramblings about the past cause them to enter into a fierce debate about the rule of law, war and its aftermath.
Meanwhile, Amy, Lou’s ten-year-old daughter, spies on others drawn to the river—a boy attempting to stall his sister from burning all memory of her boyfriend; three school kids smoking cigarettes and disputing love-at-first-sight; two criminals waiting to inform their partner about a terrible accident; a lone footballer searching for his true identity; and two starry-eyed students wrangling over fractals, black holes and the randomness of the universe. Amy also meets Phoebe’s ghost, who is strolling the riverbank waiting for someone to cross over from life to death.
As I Lay Dreaming follows the interweaving stories of people linked by the events of one night. It’s a story about the awkwardness of new beginnings and the suddenness of endings, about love’s strange currents and the collision of the rational and the irrational in divining war, sexuality, black holes and the nature of being. But mostly it’s about how one small event can change the course of our lives forever.
- poetic realism
- 70 minutes
- 4 female, 6 male
- some doubling, larger cast is possible
- 16 to 18, 18+
- young adult, adult
- Australian Script Centre