18.11.2019

This Is Now - X-Stacy

Year 11 Theatre Arts Production 2019

18-19-20 November 2019

Southbank Theatre, The Lawler

Summary

This is Now is a short season of contemporary Australian plays that explore issues as diverse
as grief, family dysfunction, recreational drug use, change and growing up, friendship,
power, prejudice and othering and hope. Always challenging, occasionally provocative,
intermittently amusing and disconcerting, these plays collectively form a suite that invites
the viewer to consider the world from the perspective of Australia’s young people.

X-Stacy Synopsis

X-Stacy was commissioned by the Queensland government in response to dangerously
casual attitudes to the use and risks of recreational drugs among young people. The play
sketches the descent of Stacy into a world of lies, increasing reliance on illicit drugs and
diminishing rationality. Her story, told in a series of flashbacks, provides the narrative spine
for the play’s real concern: what happens to the people left behind when someone dies
from an overdose? Margery Forde’s play is a confronting journey into a family trying to find
a way forward in the face of personal tragedy. Values are challenged, friendships
established, illusions destroyed and assumptions about the pursuit of happiness through
drug use questioned. Biting, blunt and confronting, ultimately X-Stacy holds out the promise
of hope, redemption and reconciliation.

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