Do Not Go Gentle + The Berry Man
In Do Not Go Gentle… Scott’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition is a metaphor for the elusive journey of five elderly people facing the final leg of their travels in an aged care facility. Scott’s passage across the Antarctic, as he confronts a landscape of ice and perilous weather, powerfully parallels their courage and inevitable defeat. Yet with unbroken spirit, this funny, angry, defiant group grapple with the big questions of life as they rage against the dying of the light. The Berry Man is a searing indictment of the consequences of war, with the humour and fragile, flawed characters that are a trademark of Cornelius’ writing.
It’s an unflinching, imaginatively drawn, life-and-death scenario.
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PATRICIA CORNELIUS is a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. She has written over 25 plays. Her prizes include the 2011 Victorian and NSW Premiers’ Literary Awards, the Patrick White Playwright’s Award, the Australian Writers’ Foundation Playwriting.