The play Jasper Jones is the story of the disappearance of a teenage girl. In the fictitious mining town of Corrigan in the hot summer of 1965, adults in the town are gripped by fear for their children when the teenage daughter of the town’s mayor goes missing. As the long hot days follow the repercussions are felt by all.
The young people cope by playing cricket; meanwhile the dark secrets and evil intentions of respected community members, long hidden behind respectable façades, are revealed.
Jasper Jones is a teenager and the Corrigan scapegoat. There is an old man with a car wreck in his front yard who is the bogey man, feared by all the young people.
It doesn’t take much to remember the fears and dread of childhood but we often forget how much fun we had. In the play Jasper Jones there are many funny moments as a counterbalance to the mystery and horror.
Sue Lindsay, who is to direct this play, was drawn to it after reading the novel by Craig Silvey. The lively characters and resilience of the young people intrigued and inspired her.