Synopsis: Away

Date posted: 27 Jan 2017Author: STC Production: Away

Away by Michael Gow in rehearsals in Melbourne
The cast of Away in rehearsals (Photo: Pia Johnson)


ACTS I & II (Sydney)

Sydney, December 1967. Tom and Meg are high school students performing in an end-of-year production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After the performance, their respective parents – Harry and Vic, Gwen and Jim – discuss their coming summer holidays together with school headmaster Roy and his wife Coral. The three families prepare for their separate holidays.

ACT III (Away)

Christmas Eve. Roy and Coral have flown to a resort on the Gold Coast. Coral befriends Rick, a young man on his honeymoon.

Christmas morning. Meg, Gwen and Jim have driven to a caravan park by the coast. A group of other campers, with a litany of complaints, confront Jim with a petition on how they want to improve things at the camp ground. A terrible storm blows through.

ACT IV (Away)

Tom, Vic and Harry’s camp site by the beach was unaffected by the storm. Meg, Gwen and Jim have joined them there, as has Coral, all just in time for the campers’ “amateur night” performances.

ACT V (Sydney)

At summer’s end, 1968, a new school year begins. Meg's drama class read from Shakespeare’s King Lear.


This synopsis is part of the program for Away, which also features:

  • notes from writer Michael Gow and director Matthew Lutton
  • insights into the play and its resonance and impact three decades after its première
  • a portrait of Australia at the beach in 1975 by photographer Andrew Gadsby
  • biographies and photos of the cast and crew
  • photos from the rehearsal room
  • and much more!

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Away, 18 Feb – 25 Mar 2017, Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

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