In January 2003, a dry storm ignited over 80 fires in Victoria’s Northeast and Gippsland. Based on interviews with residents of the region, Campion Decent has fashioned an extraordinary account of the fires. The heart stopping tales of survival, the courage and endurance of communities put to the test, the chilling evocations of the wave of heat that roared through untouched valleys, and the mountains of sandwiches volunteers anxiously prepared. Gripping, lyrical, and deeply moving, Embers is the story of a fire – and the people who conquered it.
Embers was first produced by HotHouse Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company in July 2006. Winner of the 2007 Queensland Premier’s Literacy Award for Drama (Stage) Script and the 2007 AWGIE Award for Community and Youth Theatre.
"… an absorbing, character-rich and sometimes stirring piece about a near-forgotten patch of Australia; the grit and courage of ordinary folk and bureaucrats who add insult to nature's injury."
— Sydney Morning Herald
"Embers provides an extraordinary account of the fires; survival, courage and endurance of communities put to the test. Embers is the story of a fire - and the people who conquered it."
— ABC Melbourne
"...an authentic collage of stories from the community who fought to protect their lives, their homes, and their lan."
— Aussie Theatre
"…Embers is a valuable Australian story which celebrates courage, generosity, churlishness and humour. It has a great deal of heart."
— Sydney Stage online
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