by Biljana Srbljanovic
Whistler in the Dark Theatre
2010@ The Factory Theatre
Hubbie Award Best Performance (Jen O'Connor)
If it gets really touch and go, we can always throw the dog on the grill.
In Family Stories, four children are playing house in the wreckage of a bombed-out playground; reflected in the funhouse mirror of their game is a thrilling and devastating allegory of a post-war society. A brilliant marriage of slapstick and tragedy, the play examines the fear that results from living in a society without free media or civil liberties.
First performed in Belgrade in 1997, Family Stories uses the games of four children to explore issues of censorship, war, oppression and rebellion.