The Truth is Longer Than a Lie is available in book form. It is published by Black Pepper Press. To purchase, please go to the link here. See below for synopsis and current tour dates of the play.
The Truth Is Longer Than A Lie by Kieran Carroll
The Truth Is Longer Than A Lie began as a PHD research study and non-fiction book (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, 2006) by Melbourne-based academics Neerosh Mudaly and Chris Goddard investigating children’s experiences of domestic family abuse and the subsequent professional intervention methods currently practised. A difficult, but crucial subject, the book has been adapted into a full-length play by Melbourne-based playwright, Kieran Carroll.
The play utilizes not only the extensive research but also concentrates on the direct quotes of child victims used throughout. The voices of these children and two stories in particular: one of an upper middle class girl, and one of an outer suburban, disenfranchised boy form the basis of the play.
Amy has been abused by her father, Ben, since she was three. He is not the only abuser, however. Amy’s mother, Andrea, lives in complete denial of the situation that also involves her son and a fleeting lover when Amy was six. Finally, at seventeen, Amy confesses fully to a school counsellor and the repercussions within the family are dire as the authorities move in and Andrea continues to deny that any such thing has taken place in their materially rich, but emotionally dishonest world.
Paula has been in an on again-off again relationship with Rod for a number of years. Physically violent towards her and both physically and sexually violent towards her son, Matthew/Spiderman, their lives separate once again when a policeman shoots Rod in the abdomen after a violent domestic dispute. This event gives Paula the chance to move away again, receive help, and finally aid and acknowledge her son’s severe trauma and behavioural problems stemming from years of abuse.
Two very different families are deeply portrayed in The Truth is Longer Than a Lie to show child abuse as a hidden and endless problem across all strands of society. In the latter half of the play via counselling, police protection, out of home care, animal therapy, a child’s sense of play and the listening skills of professionals, some hope arrives for both Amy and Spiderman with the greatest hope being that the two kids met each other.
Current Victorian Tour
All performances are free public events and require no bookings.
Mon 26th Nov – Monash Medical Centre Theatrette, Clayton @ 12.30pm
Tues 27th Nov – Mozart Hall, 2 Giles St Warrnambool @ 7pm
Wed 28th Nov – Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre @ 7pm
Thurs 29th Nov – Quest Schaller Hotel, Cnr Bayne and Lucan St, Bendigo @ 6pm
Fri 30th Nov – Elsie Jones Education Centre, Graham St, Shepparton @ 10am
Fri 30th Nov – Seymour Health, Bretonneux St, Seymour @ 2.30 pm
Wed Dec 5th – Loretto College, Mary Mount Theatre, 1600 Sturt St, Gate 1 @ 6.30pm
Mon Dec 10 – Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood @ 10am
Thurs April 4 – Bendigo (venue to be confirmed)