Shortlisted for the 2017 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award and presented at the Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival, Megan Wilding’s A Little Piece of Ash tells of grief, loss and the survival of the modern Aboriginal woman.
When Jedda finds out her mother Lilly has died, she’s confused, distraught and alienated. She doesn’t know how to grieve. Smoking and drinking hasn’t helped, and neither have the assortment of friends passing through offering all sorts of mismatched advice.
Her grieving is hindered as Jedda feels Lilly is there with her, following her, talking to her, so it doesn’t feel like she’s really gone. Soon Jedda realises it’s time to confront the figure following her; to deal with Lilly face-to-face.
Wilding says, “This is my first full length play, my baby, my trauma baby, and already it’s taken me on quite an unexpected ride.”
The cast includes Stephanie Somerville, Megan Wilding, Toby Blome, Moreblessing Maturure, Alex Malone and Luke Fewster.
Read Jason Blake’s review.