Hey! Away is a play by Micheal Gow set in Australia in the 1960’s just after the Vietnam War. The play includes themes such as friendship, family, social classes and illness.
I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 13.
My favourite quotes from the play include:
- “unburdened crawl towards death” (Act 5 Scene 1)
- “I’m walking, I’m walking…” (Page 55)
- “We are not the first people in the history of the world to lose a son in war” (Page 20)
- ‘What do you think of me? You must hate me? Why do you still bother? I’m sorry…’ (Page 46)
- “We have this boy and we won’t have him for long. And whatever he does that will be enough”
- “Well, do you think they’ll pack themselves? Do you think holidays happen by themselves”
- “I may as well be talking to a lot of brick walls. And what have you packed in the way of clothes? You’re old enough to cope with that. I suppose you are. It’s up to you. Just don’t come running to me when you’ve got nothing to wear. I told you two weeks ago, as soon as your exams finished and over with, to start getting your things together.”
- “Don’t take that tone of voice. You’ll end up a snide miss and no one can stand that. Everyone does what they have to. If we’re going to have any sort of reasonable holiday we’re going to have to pay for it. We’re paying for it now, spending all night packing up to go.”