#AWW2019 Patricia Cornelius playwright
- Author: P. Cornelius
- Title: Boy Overboard
- Reading time: 1 hour
- Produced: 2005, Australian Theatre for Young People
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- Patricia Cornelius is one of Australia’s best playwrights.
- Unfortunately her artistic “hands are tied”.
- There’s not much wiggle room if you adapt a novel
- for the stage.
- Jamal and Bibi have a dream.
- To lead Australia to soccer glory in the next World Cup.
- But first they must face landmines, pirates, storms and assassins.
- Can Jamal and his family survive
- …their incredible journey and get to Australia?
- Jamal – (12) Afghan boy: protective of sister, Bibi. Jamal has a very big passion for soccer.
- Bibi – (9) Afghan girl: very courageous personality and also has a passion soccer.
- Omar – Afghan boy: Jamal’s good friend, very poor and has no real family.
- Rashida – meets Jamal and Bibi (no parents), becomes like their mother.
- Andrew – is an Australian that they meet during the campsite.
Structure: 30 scenes (no acts)
- Candlestick – heirloom, represents ‘guiding light”; sold to smugglers for escape
- Soccer ball – represents future happiness
- Adapted for the stage by Patricia Cornelius from
- Morris Gleitzman’s best-selling novel (2002)
- Boy Overboard reveals a deeply
- …human side of the asylum seekers issue.
- Ms Cornelius is one of Australia’s best playwrights.
- Her play Don’t Go Gentle is extraordinary.
- My expectations were high….but this play is
- written for a young adult audience
- …and the dialogue reflects that.
- Patrica Cornelius adapts a novel for the stage
- ….which limits what she can write.
- This is a play geared for junior high-school production.