BECAUSE THERE WAS FIRE

by Jamie Hornsby
Photo: Moein Moradi

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BECAUSE THERE WAS FIRE

by Jamie Hornsby

Snake my way around the fence-line, getting nearer. Look at Dad. Still cavemanning. Look at Jane. Still sulking. Look at him. He turns to me and says: “You ready?” And I say… “Fuck yeah.”

On a warm summer night two teens disappear from a neighbourhood barbecue, vanishing without a trace.

There's Clara, seventeen, fed up with her suburb and everyone in it. Everyone except Andrew, the newly arrived rich kid from the right side of the tracks. Sparks fly. They jump in his Monaro and hit the road, yearning for a life of adventure. But they soon learn that escape isn't that easy, and fires can burn beyond control.

Written by Jamie Hornsby, one of South Australia's most exciting new writers, because there was fire is a darkly-comic coming of age story set against the backdrop of the burning Australian bush.

Inaugural commission from Jopuka Productions.

This title appears in:

Best New Work - Newcastle Fringe Festival (2019 winner)

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