Full performance (70mins)
The clips below are the individual scenes
Movement sequence of characters from the play using phrases from their dialogue and physical actions which embody their relationships.
Original song in french language sung by Gem.
Natalie and Indi
Natalie and her daughter Indi have moved away from an abusive relationship with Indi’s father in Melbourne to re-settling in Northern NSW. They both have their respective challenges.
Support Services Office
Terri, the manager of the local Support Service Office accepts Angela, a university student for work experience. Pete, Terri’s friend, has helped set up the placement for his girlfriend Angela.
Terri reveals there have been some more homophobic attacks in the area and asks Pete to check in with his brother Charlie, who has a reputation for anti social behaviour.
Charlie and Kimmy in the playground
Charlie, an abusive teenager, meets with his girlfriend during a school break. His threatening behaviour scares her.
Pete shows his new manager, Natalie around the office. They develop a friendly rapport. Natalie raises concerns about a colleague John who applied for the Managers position.
A PDHPE class becomes challenging for the teacher when he is faced with questions about gender diverse relationships, love and how to conduct conversations. Jarrah connects with Indi.
Angela and Pete
Angela introduces Pete to the Wheel of Consent created by Dr. Betty Martin featured in her book The Art of Giving and Receiving.
Through her gentle guidance Angela explains the difference of giving, taking, receiving and allowing in terms of consent.
Grace getting her L’s
Grace goes to a Service Centre to get photos done. She is challenged by the people there who decide she needs a makeover. Grace’s fury turns to delight when she views her new look only to discover it has all been a dream.
Jarrah takes Indi to a friends party where they meet up with Kimmy, Bel, Charlie, Grace and Gem. Trouble erupts when Gem dances intimately with an intoxicated Bel. Bel and Charlie’s homophobic prejudices cause Gem, Grace, Jarrah and Indi to leave the party. Charlie takes advantage of Bel.
Natalie recounts the horror of being in a domestically violent relationship and becoming pregnant.
On the couch
When Jarrah and Indi are getting intimate, Indi reveals her frustration about the misogynistic way of the world and her desire for change.
Natalie and Pete Office
Natalie discusses with Pete the recent dismissal of John, the colleague who missed out on a promotion to Natalie.
Gem and Grace
Grace asks Gem about sexual orientations and gender diversity.
Kimmy defends her dysfunctional relationship with Charlie.
Natalie and Indi
Natalie confronts Indi about the party due to deep concern for the person who has been assaulted.
Bel confronts her friends about leaving her at the party. They support her to get help even though she is terrified that Charlie will find out.
Bel Terri and Angela
With the support of Terri and Angela from the Resource Service, Bel reveals she has been assaulted by Charlie.
Pete and Charlie
Pete confronts his brother Charlie about the sexual assault at the party.
Based on the writing of Bianca Sparacino from A Gentle Reminder 2020
Sparacino, B. (2021). A gentle reminder. New York: Thought Catalog Books.
How we desire to truly connect with others in a society that often promotes lust and superficiality.
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