ACT II - Masterpiece

ACT II - Masterpiece

Little does he know, Peter’s life is just about to take a different direction when Hope steps off the train.

An Aboriginal worker from the stolen generation now finds himself living as a recluse in the middle of the desert. The issues from his work as a juvenile justice worker has impacted his life to the point where he has lost everything. He is battling his demons and believes he is of no value and wants to die alone drinking and trying to paint his Masterpiece. Little does he know, his life is just about to take a different direction when Hope steps off the train.

“The contrasting Masterpiece, while a thriller set in a remote location, is at the same time both lyrical and richly layered. Telling a story of Aboriginal trauma and resilience at a time of potential change, hope emerges with the realisation that the “masterpiece” is not a painting but rather the immediate image as it is reflected in a mirror.”

— Vanessa Cartwright, South Sydney Herald, 2015

Content warning:

  • The use of words and descriptions that may be culturally sensitive and which might not normally be used in certain public or community contexts
  • Violence
  • Sexual themes
  • Domestic violence
  • The use of Haze
  • Loud noises including clapping


  • Written by Glenn Shea
  • Directing Mentor: Glenn Shea
  • Assistant Director: Dr. Kirsty M Reilly
  • Performances by Glenn Shea, Syd Brisbane, Lucy Payne
  • Image by Crystal Itjuwalyi Napangarti Butcher 2021
  • Creative team: Glenn Shea, Tessa Spooner, Valentina Serebrennikova (Design), DE (Sound), Browyn Pringle (Lighting), Mia Reilly-Shea, Kristel Kickett, Lauren Thuys, Dr. Kirsty M Reilly (Intimacy Coach) and Lucy Payne (Trainee Intimacy Coach)
  • Mentees: Isabel Knight (directing) Brodie Murray (writing), Maxi Sam-Morris (lighting) and Ben Ridgeway (sound)
  • This is a recording of ACT II - Masterpiece.

    After purchasing, you will have access to download the .mp4 file which the full recording of ACT II - Masterpiece. The file is 1.51 GB.

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