Raw and Real.
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. An earlier version of the monologues was performed at Pioneer Theatre, Castle Hill, produced by Upper Crass Theatre Company. Excerpts of the play have featured in various theatre festivals across Australia.
The playwright is undertaking further development work at The Street in 2020/21 to create a new piece that speaks to the complexity and challenges of our lives today, and gives voice to how young people have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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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.
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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© Maura Pierlot 2019