BURNING TIME

by Nicholas Flanagan

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BURNING TIME

by Nicholas Flanagan

A portrait of an affluent Melbourne artistic family seen through the eyes of their precocious son Vincent, who at the age of fourteen pays the price of his parents’ urbanity by being sexually abused by one of the family’s most trusted male friends. This tragedy is made more appalling by Vincent’s parents’ semi-witting complicity in the abuse, in order to rescue themselves from financial ruin which is brought about by alcohol and drug-induced unravelling lives. The characters in this mosaic live their lives in italics, swinging between laughter and tears. Over many years, the play chronicles the tragic flaws of the characters who may appal or amuse, but who never fail to engage. Beneath the glittering fun of a constantly partying world is a heartfelt cry that urges us to confront the forces which threaten what is left of the Australian family in the new millennium.
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Stages - a WA retrospective

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