Said As a Whisper
Abbott, Ben (Australian playwright, acoustic guitarist, December 7, 1978-____), “Said As a Whisper,”
a 40-minute drama in English, set in ______, 1994,
© 1994 by Ben Abbott;
• in Ben Abbott’s Said As a Whisper (New South Wales, Australia: The Author, 1994);
• script/rights available from Ben Abbott, 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); Abbott says,
Paul (m), __, _____; Lou (f), __, _____; Josh (m), __, _____; Nichole (f), __, _____.
“The play examines relationships and growth. Four young people are on the verge of a new world, a new life, a new responsibility. My characters are in the gap between school life and the working ‘serious’ world where old assumptions and beliefs are cast away. Secrets and pasts are revealed—some with humorous intentions, others with pain and anguish. Two friendships are explored—one, a shallow, hedonistic existence and the other, a deep friendship based solely on understanding and compassion. It is the subject of relationships which is central to the play. What is missing in a coupling based on pleasure is socially unacceptable in an established relationship. Reference is made to an experiment where labels and stereotypes nearly destroyed twelve lives. What are our labels? When do we find out who we are and who will tell us? A triptych poem, Morning, Afternoon, Night brings the characters face to face with these questions and explores the standards and expectations forced upon them. In various settings and situations, Paul, Lou, Josh & Nichole learn that integrity and sacrifice are both essential in order to exist in a world which occasionally lack[s] meaning.”
friendship, self-discovery, stereotype.