Raw and Real.
Must-see, Must-read, Must-experience
Eight young people navigating high school and beyond, each struggling to hold on – to family, to friends, to a piece of themselves.
Perhaps you know them. The bubbly girl who keeps telling you she’s okay. The high achiever who’s suddenly so intense. The young teen with the fake Instagram account. The boy challenged by communication. Every single day they, and others, are working hard to keep it together. So hard, they don’t see their friends are struggling, too.
The action of Fragments takes place in the minds and hearts of an ordinary group of eight young people. Although set in Australia, their stories could take place anywhere.
Produced by The Street, the widely-acclaimed Fragments enjoyed a premier sell-out season at The Street Theatre, Canberra in October 2019, programmed for Mental Health Month.
Now published in paperback by Big Ideas Press and online by Australian Plays Transform (APT). Add to your Goodreads account or order via the links below. Licensing and production rights through APT, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The film adaptation of Fragments for the digital space is scheduled for release in late 2021. Check back here for details.
The adaptation of Fragments for the digital space is supported by the ACT Government through artsACT and scheduled for release in late 2021.
See The Street Theatre program from the 2019 stage production here.
Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Trailer by Craig Alexander for The Street Theatre, Canberra (2019)
The debut 2019 production of Fragments at The Street Theatre would not have been possible without the support of the following organisations.
See photos from The Street Theatre’s production of Fragments.
Maura Pierlot is an award-winning author and playwright who hails from New York but has called Canberra home for thirty years.
In 2016, Maura won the MPS Travel+Tours Award, Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation to write a dramatic work on youth mental health. With support from the ACT Government via artsACT, this work developed into Fragments. Following the 2019 sellout season of Fragments at The Street Theatre in Canberra, Maura received funding from the ACT Government to reimagine and reshape the work in response to COVID-19, and to adapt it for the digital space. Meanwhile, the work was published online by Australian Plays Transform and in paperback (Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection) by Big Ideas Press.
Maura is a previous winner of the SOLO Monologue Competition, Hothouse Theatre for her play, Tapping Out, which went on to receive three awards at Short+Sweet Sydney (2017). She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Bundanon Trust and Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres.
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