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Olsen, Michael Geoffrey (Australian playwright, public servant, June 19, 1966-____), “Floating,”

a 30-minute drama in English, set in a beach house, Australia, afternoon, 2000,


; © 2000 by Michael Olsen; • in Michael Olsen’s Floating (Watsonia, Victoria, Australia: The Author, 2000) • script/rights available from Michael Geoffrey Olsen, 17 Black Street Watsonia, Victoria, Australia 3087, telephone (home) (03) 9435 0443, (work) (03) 8636 7243, fax (03) 8636 7250, e-mail estellic@bigpond.com. • Cited by Michael Olsen, via ftp, January 9, 2003; Olsen says,

§ Dramatis Personae Brian (m), 30s-40s, an academic; Jenny (f), 25, a journalist; Liz (f), 40, a teacher.

§ Synopsis “After the death of her mother, Liz, Jenny feels compelled to take her mother’s ashes down to the family beach house. Jenny doesn’t know what to do with the ashes, but being in the house helps her invoke a number of important scenes between her mother and Brian, her mother’s boyfriend. Through these scenes she confronts her mother’s past, and comes to understand and accept what her mother was like. Finally she also realises what her mother must have wanted done with the ashes.

§ Comment “‘Floating’ was first performed in 2000 by the Australian amateur theatre company, HATS, as part of its one-act play season, ‘This Mortal Coil.’ It was subsequently performed at a couple of one-act play festivals around Victoria. Although simple to stage, the movement between the various scenes of the play should be as fluid and simple as possible. A set design from the original production is available upon request.

§ Themes acceptance, ashes, beach, closure, communication, death, family, generation gap, grief, loss , mother-daughter relationship, ritual.

See also Michael Geoffrey Olsen's

  • "Two Women & a Chair," a 30-minute comedy-drama in English, set in an empty dance studio, late afternoon, 2001, 2f

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