Shortlisted for the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award in 2020, Borderless follows a pair of step-brothers, Blake and Hussan, from their small coastal town to the desolate battlegrounds of Afghanistan.
Written and performed by Peter-William Jamieson, it tells the story of Blake, an ordinary Australian kid raised by his father in a small coastal town who meets his soon to be step-brother, Hussan, an Afghani refugee who escaped the Taliban terror during the civil war in the 1990s with his mother.
The boys form an inseparable bond and in these early years, life couldn’t be better for the family, particularly for Hussan and his mother who can finally restart their lives after the traumatic events of their past.
Sadly, it isn’t to last.
Along with the rest of the world on the 11th of September 2001, the boys watch on as the planes hit the Twin Towers. Al Qaeda and the Taliban declare war. The invasion of Afghanistan begins and with it comes the news footage – images of thousands of innocent women and children caught up in the latest war to grip their country.
As it plays out on their TV, Blake looks over at his brother and notices something shifting in Hussan’s eyes. When questioned his response is clear and unwavering: “I need to go, Blake. I need to go back and help”.
But Blake won’t let him go alone. Every step of the way they’ll do it together.