I composed the score and sound design for the play “Broken” at Darlinghurst Theatre.
Broken is a two times winner of the 2016 Victorian Premierâ€™s Literary Awards. It won Best Drama and is the first play ever to win the Literature Prize, one the most prestigious literary awards in Australia.
Broken is a powerful story of hope and human resilience in the face of adversity.
Broken begins with a near fatal car crash in the Desert with Ash trapped in her car. Ash is rescued by a stranger and in that extreme moment of life and death they form a bond. The stranger however has a partner and they have recently lost their unborn child.
Supported by a moody underscore composed by James Brown, and Ben Brockman’s slow-fading lights, the effect is entrancing.
Director Shannon Murphyâ€™s clever, stripped-back production makes this lyricism even more potent. It eschews a formal â€˜setâ€™, and each actor delivers their lines directly into hand-held microphones.
James Brownâ€™s sound design is equally low fi and similarly powerful: a tray of scattered pebbles becomes the sound of Hamâ€™s feet trudging through gravel to find Ashâ€™s upturned car; popping bubble wrap recreates the crackling fire lit while they wait for the ambulance.
4/5 stars – Timeout