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The Holidays by David Megarrity


THEMES: Family, Memory, Intergenerational Relationships
LENGTH: 80 minutes

Middle Years

David Megarrity’s The Holidays is a touching portrait of memory and connection.


David Megarrity’s The Holidays is a touching portrait of memory and connection.


The Holidays are on holiday: 12-year-old Oliver has been pulled out of school for an unexpected road trip with his mum and dad, en route to grandad’s seaside shack. But grandad, an eccentric artist, is not there. In this unkempt place stuffed with memories, it seems that the Holidays – instead of getting away from it all – have taken a lot with them.

This Queensland Premier’s Drama Award-winning play is a feast for the senses, a wistful and funny journey combining live performance, music and cutting-edge projection. A disarming and lyrical chronicle about family, for families, The Holidays is a show for sons, fathers, grandfathers, and anyone who loves one.


To have a listen to a selection of tunes from the original sounds to The Holidays by Sean Foran HERE.

To read an interview with Composer Sean Foran, see this article by lifeinthelongtail HERE.


The Holidays by David Megarrity (winner of the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2018-19) was first produced by Queensland Theatre premiering at the Bille Brown Theatre on November 14, 2020.

ISBN: 978 1 922424 08 2

Additional information

Weight 0.250 kg
Dimensions 21 × 15 × 0.5 cm

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