by Lachlan Philpott

A young boy is separated from his mother and goes missing in Disneyland


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A young boy is separated from his mother and goes missing in Disneyland. Adrift in the artificial world of giant mice and noisy parades, nobody can account for what happened in the seven frantic hours before he’s found.

Years later his life seems normal; stable; happy. But something about that day haunts him. Something about that day remains unresolved. And then, he disappears again …

Colder explores the infinite unknowns surrounding missing persons and the fog of purgatory that engulfs those left behind. How do you grieve someone’s loss when your only hope is their return?

Production History

Colder was awarded the R.E. Ross Trust Award and was short-listed for the 2007 Griffin Award for new Australian drama. It premiered at the SWB Stables Theatre in May 2008 as part of Griffin Theatre Company’s Stablemates. Colder was also performed as part of La Boite Theatre Company’s 2011 Indie Season.

Published alongside BISON by Lachlan Philpott

ISBN 9781921390067


"It’s confronting, and profoundly sad - but herein lies it’s power."

Australian Stage

"Emotionally complex, unresolved, and full of the painful ambiguity of real life. True to its central motif, it is uncomfortably chilling."


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