Common Heaven

by Noel Greig


Age Advice: 9 - 13

Common Heaven is a play written by Noel Greig in 1997 for Theatre Centre. It was written for ages 9+ and toured to primary schools.

We are somewhere on a great flatland. A featureless landscape stretches out in all directions towards the level horizon, where it meets the great dome of the sky. The soil is hard-packed. The vegetation thin. The climate here is one of extremes: blistering heat in the summer, biting cold in the winter. The wind is the lord of this realm. An old woman sits in the sun waiting. She is as still as the land itself. From her vantage point she sees the river which divides the land. A young boy, carrying his dreams, is journeying to put something right. A third, a woman, longing to hear the sonds of her childhood, is too scared to return to her home land. At this lonely place, next to a broken bridge, the three challenge each other.


Rivka: Ashraf Mayat
Gardi: Hazel Maycock
Teurku: Karen Spicer

Creative Team

Writer: Noel Greig
Director: Rosamunde Hutt
Assistant Director: Helena Uren
Designer: Sophia Lovell Smith
Lighting: Ace McCarron
Composer: Gary Yershon
Movement: Lawrence Evans
Company Stage Manager: Marijke Zwart
Production Manager: Jane Mackintosh
Education Resources: Bernadette O’Brien

The information on this page has been gathered from archive materials. Do you have more information about this play, or were you involved in its production? Let us know by leaving a comment below or contacting us.

A copy of the script is held in Theatre Centre’s archive.

"Did she tell you that? Oh yes there were dumplings. Plenty of dumplings. But her people, they never knew how to make a dumpling. They came to our cafes to eat the dumplings. To hear the songs."


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