kerosene is a one woman show written and directed by Benjamin Nicholl and starring Izabella Yena. It follows the 20-something Millie as she plots violent revenge on the abusive boyfriend of her childhood friend Annie. The work is presented in two parts: a life changing act of revenge drives the narrative, while memories and reflections of a childhood friendship are scattered throughout.

Well-meaning, teenage misfit Millie comes home from work one day to discover her old childhood friend Annie bruised and bloody on her doorstep. Millie picks her up, dusts her off and puts her in the bath. Lying in bed together, the two reminisce on a childhood that occurred a lifetime ago and recall an old promise to care for one other “until the end of the earth, no matter the cost and no matter the consequence.” As Annie sleeps, Millie vows to honour her friend in the one way that seems fair; revenge.

Set in the outskirts of metropolitan Melbourne, KEROSENE is a relentless and unsympathetic character study exploring the ways in which society perceives and trivialises acts of female violence. It is a homage to the blind loyalty that accompanies lifelong friendships and the realities of what it means to grow up young, quiet and forgotten in modern day Australia.

kerosene will be presented at Theatreworks, as part of their innovative Fringe Replanted program. The company is introducing 12 large perspex boxes into their space so that audiences may finally return to the theatre in a Covid safe way.

January 20 – 31