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That Eye, The Sky (1994)

 

Burning House

Playwrights: Richard Roxburgh and Justin Monjo from Tim Winton’s novel
Director: Richard Roxburg


David Wenham … Ort
Rachel Szalay … Alice
Hugo Weaving … Henry Warburton
Susan Prior … Tegwyn
Steve Rodgers … Fat Cherry


It is the funny and moving story of young Ort Flack trying to come to terms with getting older, his father’s near fatal car accident, a strange cloud that hangs over their Western Australia home, and a tormented stranger who might just be there for wicked purposes…

Adapted (with Justin Monjo) from Tim Winton’s novel. The play was nominated for Best Play by the Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle, the New South Wales Literary Board, and The Adelaide Festival Board, in 1995.


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“Her name was Bobo Sax…she wasn’t nice. She had the looks of a man and she smelt like a Labrador…she used to lie in her mud hut in the dark… the smell of her…”

[To himself] “I hide and you see. I run and you follow. To the ends of this earth, to the limits of the pit of myself, you will see me and know me.”

“I’m weak…you don’t like weak men”
Alice “All men are weak”

“I’ve got my own surviving to do”
Alice: “It’s not survival we worry about, Henry. It’shealing”
“Isn’t it the same thing?…Death is a healing too, you know”