Borderlands: Two Short Plays by Tommy James Green


Tickets $26 - $32

Wed 31 Aug - Sat 3 Sep | 50 minutes Emerging Artist Sharehouse - The Living Room
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Deep in an ancient wood. On the wrong side of the U.S. Mexican border. In these short plays, a full moon unites two dangerous frontiers, centuries and continents apart.

While a young woman wrestles her daughters’ whereabouts from a beguiling witch in “Kindling”, an old photographer pleads innocent to a pair of border cops in “Broken Promise Land”.

One ethereal, the other acerbic, both plays are new works by Tommy James Green, who is fast asserting himself as a dynamic writer-director who can deliver pathos across a range of genres, from the comic to the gothic.

In “Kindling”, a townswoman flees to the forest in search of her missing daughter. Who else but the loathsome witch within could have stolen her away? The battle of wills between the women imperils all the desperate mother ever thought she understood. Do devils really stalk the shadows in this godforsaken wood? Is the witch just another victim of the gossips? Did she ever have a daughter at all?

In “Broken Promise Land”, an aging, East Coast photographer is detained by a pair of border guards who pick him for a drug mule. For the old man, the nearby Aztec ruins, nuclear sites and Adobe forts are just fuel for inspiration. For the cops, they’re drop zones for the most dangerous cartel their department has ever faced. The interrogation pulls at the seams of civilisation and reveals a fractured America. Is the old man’s story just a fairy tale? Or is there something to the way the desert light moves that’s more than just mirage?

A dark night of the soul, for four nights only at the Emerging Artists Space (Erskineville Town Hall), in association with the Sydney Fringe.

Show details

Show details
  • 50 minutes
  • Venue 1: Emerging Artist Sharehouse - The Living Room
Performance notes
  • World Premiere
  • Content warnings: Sudden Loud Noises, Coarse Language, Discussion of Sexual Violence, Depictions of Violence, Sexual Themes
  • Things to note: CONTENT WARNING : Violence, implied and depicted (including references to domestic violence). Racism and homophobia. Strong sexual references. High level of coarse and offensive language: "Cunt" used as an insult. Variations on “Fuck”, used as an exclamation or insult. “Injun”, “Spick” and “Beaner” used as derogatives. “Retarded” used as a derogative. “Pussy” and “Dick” used as insults and in sexual contexts.
  • Performance accessibility:
    Wednesday 31 Aug
  • Performance accessibility:
    Thursday 1 Sep
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    Friday 2 Sep
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Venue details & accessibility
Emerging Artist Sharehouse - The Living Room

Erskineville Town Hall 104 Erskineville Road, Erskineville
Telephone: 402371004


There is ramp entry to the right of the building. The ramp width varies from 98cm at the entrance to 118cm in the middle. Partial uneven ground out the front. Street parking and accessible parking near by, close to bus stops.

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