Away by Michael Gow
Commencing with a school performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Shakespearean themes of suffering and reconciliation persist as three families on separate holidays are united during a fierce storm.
Immigrants Harry and Vic love their adopted country but are faced with their son Tom’s terminal illness. Jim and Gwen fret over their daughter Meg’s blossoming independence and her friendship with the socially unsuitable Tom. Roy is unable to console a grief-stricken Coral over the death of their only son in Vietnam.
But with the help of some Shakespearean fairies and a spectacular storm, these families are reconciled and face the future anew.
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