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The Chapel, the Fire and the Dead Cat by Madelaine Nunn


THEMES: Supernatural, Friendship, Coming of Age
LENGTH: 120 Minutes
CAST SIZE: 11, Large Cast
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years

An act of terror? Work of the divine? Or merely an accident?

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Winner of the 2019 Senior ATYP Foundation Commission and nominated for an Australian Writer’s Guild Award, The Chapel, the Fire and the Dead Cat by Madelaine Nunn explores the challenges young people face in a thrilling mystery haunted with comedy.


Smoke and ash. Wood and earth. You smelt it before you saw it. When the cursed Chapel on the hill burns to the ground, the authorities have some questions. Their suspects: the high school students seen there that night.

An act of terror? Work of the divine? Or merely an accident? The Chapel, the Fire and the Dead Cat flashes between torch-lit glimpses of teenage misdemeanours. Piece by piece we are drawn deeper into the mystery, getting closer and closer to… something… and that something might just be supernatural.


The Chapel, the Fire and the Dead Cat was the winner of the ATYP Foundation Commission (cast aged 14-17 years) in 2019. It was due to be premiered by ATYP at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts on October 6, 2021. It was postponed due to Covid-19.

ISBN: 978 1 922424 46 4

Additional information

Weight 0.250 kg
Dimensions 21 × 15 × 0.5 cm

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