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“In the Hills of Eden”

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Boyce, Ian (Australian playwright), “In the Hills of Eden,”

a 40-minute drama set in a skeletal lounge/kitchen in suburbia, on or around September 18, 1970,


script/rights available from Ian Boyce, c/o South Australian Writers Theatre, Post Office Box 818, Kent Town 5071, South Australia, Australia. Cited in South Australian One-Act Play Festival 1996 Catalogue (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia: Foundation SA and Scotch College, 1995); Boyce says,

Dramatis Personae Alice (f), wife of Ted; Ted (m), husband of Alice; Ken (m), an old acquaintance of Alice.

Synopsis “Alice is pressured by an old acquaintance, Ken, to have a temporary affair. She at first refuses but later, and partly as a consequence of Ted’s (her husband) inability to perceive the changing attitudes to a marital relationship; she decides in a spirit of frankness and honesty to tell Ted that she wants to have the affair after all. He at first agrees because he believes himself to be modern, intelligent and above the petty constraints of conventional behaviour. Later, he too changes his mind. He argues that his jealousy is to powerful an emotion to deny. This causes real conflict and the couple using the arguments of Ibsen’s Doll’s House attempt to breach the impasse. As in Ibsen’s play[,] the audience hears the sound of a slamming door in the last minute.”

Comment “[Nineteen ninety-five marked] the twenty-fifth anniversary of the clash between Vietnam war protesters and the police on the corner of King William Street and North Terrace. That was the single most dramatic event in Adelaide’s modern history and this play draws upon this time as a backdrop. Life was in the process of change then. The war focussed attention upon other issues such as communal living, and a new sexual freedom. This play is about a married man’s earnest attempt to come to terms with the issue of women’s freedoms, and his wife’s desire to break with convention.”

See the Playwright in Electronic Residence (PIER) program, an Internet based play development workshop created following Studio Z’s online play development workshop with the South Australian Writers' Theatre (SAWT), http://www.artswire.org/~studio/programs/pier/index.htm and http://www.artswire.org/~studio/index.html, both accessed March 26, 1999.

See also Ian Boyce’ “A Moment of Reflection,” a 20-minute comedy, 2m or 2f.

Themes Adelaide, convention, Ibsen, infidelity, jealousy, marriage.

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