Brisbane 1992: A boy, Amir, sees his parents on the news, under arrest for protesting at the Iranian Embassy in Canberra against atrocities in their homeland. Amir forces Hamid and Jhila to tell their story, believing that a hostile Australian pubic will understand their 'terrorist' actions which shows the bigger picture of their past. Revitalising memories of his wrongful imprisonment and torture in a Tehran jail, Hamid confronts an oppressive secret which has blighted his beautiful new life in Australia. As his lengthy trial continues, it is clear he has exchanged one nightmare world for ather. Yet even in the face of ather jail term, Hamid praises the Australian justice system...This play explores the often unforgettable histories of refugees. It is a haunting account of prejudice, injustice and brutality, tempered by a celebration of human kindness and indomitable hope. (2 acts: 6 men, 2 women)
Michael Futcher is a writer, director and actor. He has directed in both Australia and Britain and is a founder of Matrix Theatre (based in Brisbane). Helen Howard is a writer and actor, having appeared frequently on stage, in television and in film, both in Australia and Britain. She is a dialect coach for stage and screen, and co-founder of Matrix Theatre. Futcher and Howard are married and live in Brisbane with their sons.