TITANIA'S BOY

by Alana Valentine

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TITANIA'S BOY

by Alana Valentine

Fifteen year old Pradepan Saraf is living in a regional Australian town when his parents' marriage breaks up. In distress, Pradepan retreats into a fantasy world peopled by Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of the Fairies, who are themselves fighting over an Indian changeling child. Pradepan's growing withdrawal from his school life attracts the interest of his Science teacher, Victor Bellette, who reaches out to help. But Bellette must get through to Pradepan's emotionally traumatized mother and fight the ghosts of his own tragic past if he wants to help the unstable teenager.

As Pradepan's desperation builds, he seizes on the drug-addled solution that Oberon worked on Titania, only Pradepan decides to try it on his mother. Finally taking the substance himself, Pradepan's action sends the play towards a moving climax in which young adult, teacher and mother must learn new ways of understanding each other and living with their changed realities.

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