The Defence by Damian Tarnopolsky


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The Defence by Damian Tarnopolsky

Winner of the Voaden Prize 2019.

A young woman upends her final university oral exam, transforming what begins as a placid ritual into a searingly personal duel in which life-changing secrets are revealed. The play is about stories, power, and the risks involved in finding out who we really are. Literary in approach, the style moves from superficial chatter to painful confrontation to dreamlike confessional. At the same time this a thrilling and gripping play, and full of surprises.

Keywords: literature; power; gender; university; secrets; PhD; men; women; Canada; Toronto; writers; academics; exams; identity; stories

Genre: Drama
Acts: 2
Run time: 70 minutes
Suitable for students 14+
Cast size: 6 actors
Male roles: 3
Female roles: 3
Other roles: 4
Casting note: There are 6 main roles for actors, and the 4 "other roles" can be doubled by those actors (2 male, 2 female)