THE VARIOUS METHODS OF ESCAPE

by Amber Spooner

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THE VARIOUS METHODS OF ESCAPE

by Amber Spooner

The Various Methods of Escape is a 2 act play about moving past a traumatic experience. It also raises questions about how society comprehends and rationalises such an atrocity. Grace is 19 years old when she finally escapes 12 years in captivity. Once she returns to her family she is determined to establish a normal life for herself, but her captor Gregory won’t leave her alone. The play examines not only how Grace’s captivity affected her but also how it impacted each member of her family. Her father is racked with guilt and shame, her mother loses her identity in the fight to find her and her sister Hope just wants permission to be her own person.

The Various Methods of Escape was written as part of ‘The Hive’ program run by The Street Theatre in Canberra. It was inspired by Natascha Kampusch's thoughts on her captor as well as the victimisation she experienced in her post captive years.