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SAAM by Madelaine Nunn


THEMES: Friendship, Social Media, AI (Artificial Intelligence)
LENGTH: 60 Minutes
SUITABLE FOR: Primary Years, Middle Years

Claire’s having trouble connecting… IRL that is. Enter SAAM: A Social Ally Android Machine – her ‘shortcut to friendship.’ 


Winner of the 2021 Martin-Lysicrates Prize, SAAM by Madelaine Nunn is a comedy misadventure following 14-year-old Claire as she navigates the wild world of friendship, identity and the dark web. This play was developed as a combined production from De La Salle Caringbah and Our Lady Of Mercy College Burraneer, in partnership with Australian Theatre For Young People (ATYP).


Claire’s having trouble connecting… IRL that is. Enter SAAM: A Social Ally Android Machine – her ‘shortcut to friendship.’ Configured based on her digital behaviour and social media profiles, SAAM’s an expert at connection – which is great, because Claire’s birthday is next week and the RSVPs are sitting at a grand total of zero. Not great. With SAAM’s help, Claire’s circles are growing. The foodies, the handballers, even the SRC kids start to invite her to things. Nothing stands in her way, except of course her crippling social anxiety.


SAAM was first produced by the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) in association with De La Salle College Caringbah and Our Lady of Mercy College Burraneer from August 9 – August 11, 2022.

ISBN: 978 1 922424 12 9


Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 21 × 15 × 0.5 cm


DRAMA (Year 7/8)

Investigate ways the elements of drama and/or conventions are used to communicate ideas, perspectives and/or meaning in drama created and/or performed across cultures, times, places and/or other contexts (AC9ADR8E01)


Develop performance skills relevant to selected drama styles and/or forms (AC9ADR8D01)


HEALTH (Year 5/6

Analyse how behaviours influence the health, safety, relationships and wellbeing of individuals and communities (AC9HP6P10)


Analyse and rehearse protective behaviours and help-seeking strategies that can be used in a range of online and offline situations (AC9HP6P08)


Describe and demonstrate how respect and empathy can be expressed to positively influence relationships (AC9HP6P04)


ENGLISH (Year 7)

Identify and explore ideas, points of view, characters, events and/or issues in literary texts, drawn from historical, social and/or cultural contexts, by First Nations Australian, and wide-ranging Australian and world authors (AC9E7LE01)


Identify and explain the ways that characters, settings and events combine to create meaning in narratives (AC9E7LE05)


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