y The Splinter single work   drama  
Issue Details: First known date: 2012 2012
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'A mother and father celebrate. They thought they would never be happy again but today the best thing imaginable has happened: Eliza has returned.
Abducted from her bed as they slept, Eliza has been missing for nine long months. Months during which the couple's days were filled with grief and an ever-present absence. Now she is home and neither parent cares that the little girl's return is as mysterious as her disappearance.
That is until they begin to notice that she has changed: her face is puffy from exposure, she is taller, bigger, never throws tantrums and, most troublingly of all, refuses to speak.
Unable to sleep at night, the man sits up watching his daughter. As he gazes down on her peaceful body, a splinter of doubt lodges in his mind. Is the girl lying in the bed really Eliza? If not, who is this usurper? And what have they done with Eliza?
Inspired by the Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw, the Hans Christian Andersen tale The Snow Queen and real life stories of abducted children, this new work by Australian playwright Hilary Bell is an emotional thriller about all consuming obsession, grief, childhood and identity.' (Source: Sydney Theatre Co. website)

Production Details

  • Director Sarah Goodes and Puppetry/Movement Director Alice Osborne

    Warning: Contains strong language.
    First performed: 15 August-15 September, 2012

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2012
    • Surrey Hills, Box Hill - Burwood area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: RGM Associates , 2012 .
      Extent: 42p.

Works about this Work

Unhappily Ever After Elissa Blake , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10 August 2012; (p. 11)

— Review of The Splinter Hilary Bell 2012 single work drama
Nothing Wooden about Splinter's Star Matthew Westwood , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 10 August 2012; (p. 5)
From the Heart Janet Hawley , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11-12 August 2012; (p. 8)
Mystery of a Child Who May be a Changeling, or Just Changed Jason Blake , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 August 2012; (p. 11)

— Review of The Splinter Hilary Bell 2012 single work drama
Primal Nightmare Stirs Below the Surface John McCallum , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 17 August 2012; (p. 15)

— Review of The Splinter Hilary Bell 2012 single work drama
A New Generation Delivers Clare Morgan , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 October 2011; (p. 4)
Unhappily Ever After Elissa Blake , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10 August 2012; (p. 11)

— Review of The Splinter Hilary Bell 2012 single work drama
Mystery of a Child Who May be a Changeling, or Just Changed Jason Blake , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 August 2012; (p. 11)

— Review of The Splinter Hilary Bell 2012 single work drama
Primal Nightmare Stirs Below the Surface John McCallum , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 17 August 2012; (p. 15)

— Review of The Splinter Hilary Bell 2012 single work drama
A New Generation Delivers Clare Morgan , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 October 2011; (p. 4)
Nothing Wooden about Splinter's Star Matthew Westwood , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 10 August 2012; (p. 5)
From the Heart Janet Hawley , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11-12 August 2012; (p. 8)
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