GRAVITY

by Catherine Ryan

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GRAVITY

by Catherine Ryan

A dreamlike, poetic play that explores the inner emotional turmoil of a woman dealing with her daughter's attempted suicide. At the point of having to switch off her child's life support, this high-flying mother is confronted by unravelling memories, past and present choices, guilt, confusion and grief. How does a parent care for a child, pursue a career, function as a member of both family and community? The contemporary form of the play, which shifts between poetry, memory and pop culture, engages its audience, challenging them to ask "Is she really an astronaut? Is she dreaming? Is she having a breakdown? And how long has she been like this?" Gravity was shortlisted for the 2002 Patrick White Award.

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