Let Me Know When You Get Home

A Curious Women Project

2016 – Onwards

Let Me Know When You Get Home is a new, coming-of-age Australian play, deconstructing the myth of queer youth needing to “escape” Western Sydney. It draws from personal experience with suburban isolation and Filipinx diasporic identity to create a work which explores the inner lives of isolated queer people and the discomfort that exists when no place fits. Let Me Know When You Get Home is a personal narrative on birth and chosen families, friendships and first loves, and ultimately, the universal desire to make a home in other people.

SYNOPSIS

Val, a Filipina teenage lesbian, is desperate to escape the purgatory period between high school and university so she can finally be seen as an adult. She makes a break from her religious, overbearing mother and childhood best friend, Thi, to set out to the city in search of the queer community she lacks back home in Fairfield. When she joins a Mardi Gras float and meets Prince, an enigmatic, older artist, Val is sure she has finally found her queer utopia – even if it means leaving her best friend, Thi, behind. But where do you turn when it turns out no place fits?

PROCESS

Miranda started writing Let Me Know When You Get Home in the original Curious Creator’s Writer’s Group in 2015, under the title Into the Closet. It was further developed in 2016 as part of the Curious Creators first team residency as part of the Bundanon Artist Residency Program. Later that year, it was selected by PWA for New Play Development, and had its first public reading at Urban Stories 2016 in Riverside Theatre.

In 2018, Miranda continued her process with a four day creative development at Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. Miranda, with the support of Q Theatre at the Joan, Playwriting Australia, and a grant from the Blacktown Arts Centre, held a showcase night for the work on August 9th.

In 2019, Let Me Know When You Get Home was selected as part of Mardi Gras 2019’s PLAYLIST, a partnership program between Seymour Centre, Mardi Gras and Siren Theatre Co, that celebrates new work by established, mid-career and emerging LGBTQIA+ artists. It was shown at the Seymour Centre on February 16, 2019. Miranda’s reflection on the experience can be found here. In April, Miranda was invited t show her work as a part of Q Theatre’s Long Table project, specifically as a part of Vonne Patiag’s Homeland curated month. You can read more about the experience here.

It then underwent a four day creative development in June 2019 which led to its first public reading of the full script at Fairfield PYT. Most recently, Miranda had a week-long residency as part of Sydney Fringe Writer’s in Residency Program in September 2019. 

JUNE 2019 DEVELOPMENT VIDEO
LONG TABLE VIDEO
AUGUST 2018 DEVELOPMENT VIDEO
READING AT PLAYLIST 2019

Photography by Clare Hawley

PERSONNEL

Writer: Miranda Aguilar

Mentors: Caitlin Newton-Broad, Valerie Berry, Nick Atkins, Emele Ugavule, Leila Enright, Brian Fuata
Dramaturgs: Tasnim Hossain, Iain Sinclair
Supported by CuriousWorks, PWA, The Q at The Joan Theatre, and Blacktown Arts Centre.

Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

OUR OFFICE IS LOCATED ON THARAWAL COUNTRY. OUR WORK TAKES US ACROSS THARAWAL, DHARUG AND  GANDANGARA COUNTRY. WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE TRADITIONAL OWNERS OF THE LAND ON WHICH WE WORK, AND PAY OUR RESPECTS TO ELDERS PAST, PRESENT AND EMERGING.