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By TheStreet 14 April 2010 2

Love Cupboard

The Street Theatre will launch the 2010 Made in Canberra season with Love Cupboard, a new full length work written by emerging Canberra playwright Emma Gibson. Part whimsical fantasy, part comedy and part drama and all love story, Love Cupboard explores the darkness and light we all hold within, and the conditions and abuses perpetrated in the name of love.

Warren has a secret. Two years ago his schoolgirl girlfriend Annabel went missing, and her family and friends fear she is dead. But Warren knows the truth. Having run away to be with him, she hides in his cupboard by day and spends her nights with him. But with the outside world closing in on them, Annabel can’t stay hidden forever and the truth will come out.

“It’s a story about love, obsession and loss,” explains playwright Emma Gibson. “The idea came to me late at night when I was half-watching TV and thought a subtitle said ‘Love Cupboard’. It didn’t, but I thought it was such an interesting title I had to write it down. From those two words, the rest of the concept formed that night—what if you loved someone so much you were willing to give up the rest of the world and live in a cupboard just to be with them?”

Emma Gibson represented Australia as a delegate at the World Interplay young playwrights festival in Cairns last year, where she workshopped the script. “It’s amazing how much the script has changed and it continues to surprise me. I hope it will surprise audiences too.”

The Street Theatre and Hot New Sensation present


VENUE Street 2, Childers St Canberra City West

SEASON Thursday 29 April 2010—Saturday 1 May at 7.30 pm

Twilight performance Sunday 2 May at 4 pm.

Bookings on 6247 1223 or

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neanderthalsis 3:25 pm 27 Apr 10

IrishPete said :

I think I heard an extract of this on ABC radio on Sunday morning. The girl has just turned 15 …This is illegal… yarp,yarp…


Juliet was 13 with Romeo as the older man.
Lolita was 12 and Humbert in his early 40’s
Mary was mid teens and Joseph in his 40’s (although god’s age might have to come into the equation)

I think there is a bit of a precedent of underaged girls and older men appearing in the arts.

Do you get equally indignant when people speed or do drugs in the movies? What a sad life you must lead if you refuse to see something because it portrays an illegal, unethical or immoral act.

Sounds suspiciously like the story of Natasha Ryan a few years back. Could be interesting though.

IrishPete 2:17 pm 27 Apr 10

I think I heard an extract of this on ABC radio on Sunday morning. The girl has just turned 15 (at least at the time they meet), and the man is 12 years older. This is illegal. Given this age difference, the man would probably go to prison, even in the ACT. He would be classified as a sexual offender and would need to undertake a treatment program. I haven’t seen the play (and won’t be seeing it), but the reviews/blurbs about it don’t touch at all on the illegality and immorality of the scenario, (though perhaps this is implicit in the police being involved? my impression was that they are involved because she is a Missing Person, not a victim of a sexual offender). In fact one review refers to Annabel as a “young woman”. At 15? Really? Perhaps she is older when the “cupboard love” begins?


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