Tamara is 15. Rejected by her mother, who’s moved on to a new relationship, she’s forced to live (and cope) with her embittered father, a man harbouring a secret that will deeply impact their lives.
Her very-new boyfriend’s mother has also shot through, his older brother is in prison for drug-dealing, and he lives with his aunty.
For Tamara and Squid, being in love is their escape from the harsh reality of their lives. But it’s hard for a teenager to make meaningful relationships when they’ve never seen them modelled by adults.
Only their teacher, Mrs Petchell, seems to care about what happens to them, but it’s a battle for her to keep another year of students from slipping through the cracks.
Johann Walraven directs this new production of Lachlan Philpott’s drama, first seen at Griffin Theatre in 2011. Leilani Loau, Badaidilaga Maftuh-Flynn, Natasha McNamara, Brendan Miles, Tom Misa and Gemma Scoble feature.
“Whether he’s giving voice to cynical teens, disappointed teachers or bored checkout chicks, Philpott’s dialogue crackles with veracity … The dialogue is raw and rhythmic – brutally so sometimes. Occasionally it explodes into galloping poetry.” (Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald, 2011)