Girl Running, Boy Falling by Kate Gordon
In an adaption for the stage by Kate Gaul
Tiger is sixteen and lives in Burnie. She’s in love with a boy called Champ. Life is golden and full of possibility. Tiger has her feet on the ground. She’s running through high school, but someone in her life is about to fall …
And when he does, her perfect world falls with him. For the first time in her life, Tiger can’t stand being on the ground.
A story of grief, resilience, and the power of friendship.
Mudlark Theatre brings trademark enthusiasm to a magical stage adaptation. In award winning Tasmanian novelist Kate Gordon’s (2021 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award) Girl Running, Boy Falling is a beating heart of messy, funny characters and their lives lovingly adapted for the stage by Kate Gaul.
‘Girl Running, Boy Falling is everything you could hope for …it’s thoughtful, artful, deftly crafted, raw, real and deeply affecting.’ - Nick Earls, Penguin Books
From Kate Gordon “I have been working on various incarnations of Girl Running, Boy Falling, for many years. When I was 19, one of my friends killed himself. He was a hugely popular kid – funny, smart, handsome, popular, athletic, completely beloved. Everyone who knew him was in utter shock at his passing, and it rocked our close-knit world. 3 years ago, another childhood friend took his own life. He, too, was so loved, and I was completely shaken to the core at his loss. I began Girl Running, Boy Falling as a way of dealing with his passing, and of examining the impact that my other friend’s death had on me, at an early age. I wanted to look at the things we tell other people, and the things we hide; how we can never truly know people – even in this world of social media where we feel like we know everything. I also wanted to look at the ways a community might deal with the death of one of its favourite sons; and how we “should” process grief. Word to the wise: there is no “right” way."
From Kate Gaul “I have always been attracted to YA fiction and coming-of-age stories about the young adult experience, yet resonate deeply with adult audiences. In Kate Gordon's novel I found the perfect source material. The story is set on the North-West Coast of Tassie, it examines a dark, high stakes events, and demands a surreal adventure to find its way back into the light."
Tiger finds help from an unexpected quarter when Rhino - the guy from the supermarket - insists on some outlandish adventures. Romance, a school musical and a whole heap of love ( and some cheesy 80s/90s music thrown in) make for a gripping coming of age story!
The play is for an ensemble cast of 5 actors playing all the roles.