Chloe lost her mother to addiction and has since been raised by her Uncle who, recognizing her talent with numbers and computers, has involved her in increasingly dodgy aspects of his business as a buyer and seller of lobsters. This has made her something of a pariah in the village. Short on hope for the future and doubtful about the existence of intelligent life on earth, she steps into a local joke: The Shag Harbour UFO museum. The curator, Evelyn, is like no other adult she knows, she does not tell Chloe what to do, rather she encourages her to chart her own course and they become friends. But Evelyn herself has a secret: She is an undercover officer working with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to investigate fraudulent seafood sales.
Area 33 is inspired by/ set in real places and real events. The Shag Harbour UFO Museum is a real place. Chloe, Evelyn and Sheldon are fictionalized character inspired by real life.
Keywords: Ocean, Environment, Fishery, Rural, East Coast, Intergenerational, Mental Health
Genre: Drama (with comedic undertones)
Run time: 90 minutes
Suitable for students 16+
Content notes: Contains references to addiction and self-harm. Light use of expletives.
Cast size: 3 actors
Male roles: 1
Female roles: 2
Trans/Non-Binary/Gender Non-Conforming Roles: 1
Casting notes: Chloe ideally is gender fluid / mixed race. Evelyn is a queer character. A bonus if a suitable queer actor is available. Can also be played by an ally.
Poster design by Justin Lee.