In Australia, Gerry hopes to meet his mother for the first time. Despite being almost sixty, he has spent his whole life believing he’s an orphan. Determined to uncover his past, Gerry and his daughter Sally embark on an extraordinary journey home—halfway across the world to Liverpool—in a precarious bid to bring their family together.
Through a program created by the British Government and eagerly supported by an Australia in the throes of its “White Australia” policy, between 1945 and 1968 over three thousand British children were told they were orphans and sent to Australia on a promise of warmth, fresh air, abundant food and opportunity. Instead, they arrived to deprived institutions where neglect and abuse were the norm.
Tom Holloway’s tender new play unearths a secret buried by time that, in turn, exposes a world of historical injustices currently in the limelight.
Tom Holloway is an award-winning Australian playwright and is one of the leading new voices in Australian theatre. His credits include And No More Shall We Part, winner of the 2010 Australian Writers' Guild Award for Writing for the Stage and the 2010 Louis Esson Prize for Drama as part of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards; Beyond the Neck, winner of the 2008 Australian Writers' Guild Award for Writing for the Stage; Red Sky Morning; winner of the 2009 Green Room Award for Best New Australian Play; Don't Say the Words, shortlisted for the 2009 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for Writing for the Stage as well as Love Me Tender and Gambling. In 2006/7, Holloway's work was selected to be presented as part of the Royal Court Theatre's International Young Playwrights Festival.