Finalist for the 2011 Governor General's Literary Award in Drama
In a world where hilarity and heartbreak are next-door neighbours, minor complications inevitably arise. In this first collection of plays by Brendan Gall, including Wide Awake Hearts and A Quiet Place, these Minor Complications become groundbreakingly major.
In Wide Awake Hearts, four nameless friends – a writer, an actress, an actor and an editor – stumble through the nightmarish landscape of love and infidelity while trying to make a movie about those very things. Reality and fiction blur as all four try to tear everything apart, hoping to wake up to something better.
In A Quiet Place, two amnesiacs in a room with no door attempt to solve the puzzle of their own existence while trying not to kill each other or fall in love. Agreat reckoning in a little room, this play will take you from mystery to comedy to tragedy – all with just two men, one chair and a light bulb.
‘In Wide Awake Hearts, Brendan Gall deals with the complicated relationship between fiction and truth and, as always, he offers up razor-sharp insights. He’s got an uncanny ability to channel epic existential themes through his beautiful-loser characters, his style is ultra-contemporary and hip, and his comictiming is virtuosic. ’ – Hannah Moscovitch
‘As one character puts it in Brendan Gall’s Wide Awake Hearts, “Nice people make dull drama. ” Happily, niceness never intrudes in this witty, sexy new work by the multi-talented Gall. ’
– NOW Magazine