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Director's notes

Set in the 1960s, but written by a young Michael Gow in the 1980s, Away shows us the drama of three families dealing with (or not dealing with) trauma – past, present and approaching. A feature of Australian society at that time was to ignore personal issues, hide them away and repress them. The damage of such attitudes is evident to the audience in the ways characters such as Gwen, Roy and both Vic and Harry treat their supposed loved ones. However, by the end of the play each family achieves at least peace, if not happiness. The minimalist set and 1960s costumes help to place us in that time – seemingly so recent but in fact quite distant. Exploring these characters with my wonderful cast and crew has been a challenging and enjoyable experience, and a reminder not to enact these mistakes in present life


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