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Viewing Entry - Blackrock (S13829)
by Enright, Nick

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Playing time for daisy/audio formats : 2 hours 19 minutes


Author / Responsible partyEnright, Nick
GenreDrama and plays
TopicsDrama and plays Alcahol Drugs Teenage Drama Teenagers
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


Blackrock is an Australian beachside working-class suburb where surfing is popular among youths like Jared. He has his first serious girlfriend, Rachel, who comes from a much wealthier part of the city. One day Ricko, the local surfing legend, returns from an eleven-month trip. Rachel's brother Toby's 18th birthday party is being held at the local beach club a few days later, and Jared decides to merge a 'welcome home' party for Ricko with the event. The party is unsupervised with alcohol freely available. The following morning, it is revealed that 15-year-old Tracy Warner was killed at the party. Three youths from the party, Davo, Scott, and Toby, tell Ricko that they raped Tracy, though left her alive. The three boys are later arrested for the sexual assault. Ricko confesses to Jared that he killed Tracy. He says he was attempting to have sex with her when she bit him and kicked him, so in a moment of rage he grabbed a rock and hit her with it. He has already told police that he was with Jared all night and asks Jared to confirm his alibi in the name of mateship; Jared is torn between telling the truth and protecting his friend. After witnessing Ricko's abusive behaviour towards their friend Tiffany, Jared decides to tell the truth. Ricko is detained by police and hangs himself in his cell. Jared's silence leads to the breakdown of his relationships with both Rachel and his mother Diane. In the plays last scene Jared confesses to Diane that he witnessed the three youths raping Tracy, though he did not intervene. He is unsure why he did nothing though he believes it was out of loyalty to the boys who were his mates. Ricko left Jared a suicide note giving him his van, though Jared asks his friend Cherie to dump the keys to the van in the ocean when she goes out surfing.

Additional Information

System control numberS13829
Original Print PublisherAustralia: Currency Press, 1996
NarratorNarrated by Alan Needham, Kerry Fasolo, Jane Gibbs and Recorded by Susie Punch.
Narrator NameNarrated by Alan Needham, Kerry Fasolo, Jane Gibbs and Recorded by Susie Punch.
Participant or performer noteNarrated by Alan Needham, Kerry Fasolo, Jane Gibbs and Recorded by Susie Punch.
Contains Strong/Coarse languageStrong language
Narrators GenderMale & Female narrators
Contains Violent ContentGraphic Violence