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Australian Theatre for Young People & Archipelago Productions

Past the Shallows

Written by Julian Larnarch
Based on the Novel by Favel Parrett

Adapted by Australian playwright Julian Larnach from Favel Parrett’s award-winning debut novel, ATYP and Archipelago’s theatrically poetic production is the winner of four Tasmanian Theatre Awards. A heart-wrenching ode to brotherhood, this syllabus text is available for touring late 2024. 

Image: Luke Stambouliah

Nothing short of epic.


Harry and Miles live with their father, an abalone diver, on the wild and beautiful south coast of Tasmania. With their father largely absent, they look after each other as best they can. Over a school holiday while Miles works on the boat, Harry begins an unlikely friendship that will upset the delicate balance holding this unpredictable world together.

Adapted by playwright Julian Larnach from Favel Parrett’s award-winning debut novel, Past the Shallows is an ode to brotherhood and a heart-wrenching, lyrical exploration of mortality, family secrets and the capacity for both brutality and tenderness within contemporary masculinity.

Winner of four Tasmanian Theatre Awards, Past The Shallows is a co-production between the Australian Theatre for Young People and Archipelago Productions set for touring in the latter half of 2024.


Director Ben Winspear and these three young actors have created something so rare and magical. I was completely transfixed, taken, heartbroken and mesmerised.
- Favel Parrett, Past the Shallows author (novel)

Favel’s words paint a powerful family portrait about the love of brothers and the vulnerability of youth. Told from the perspective of a family of brothers, the story brings a brilliant clarity to these young characters as they strive for identity and survival at the freezing end of the known world. It examines what it is to grow up as a young man in the country, the moments of tenderness that define you and the forces that want to crush that out of you. We wanted to create a play about opening yourself up to vulnerability and love in a world which is telling you to keep your head down and your dreams small.

Past The Shallows plays like an ever-shifting dream 4 Stars

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