Alexandra Macalister-Bills

For 37 hours, Sam and Kip have been stuck on one side of the door; Beans is on the other side, and there's been no contact. Sam and Kip don’t know what to do. Coaxing and threatening, kicking the door down – nothing works. As they become more and more desperate, Sam and Kip begin to slip sideways into the black hole that Beans left behind. Inventive and with a strong regional voice, Peripheral damage looks beyond the epicentre of mental illness among the young and questions who hurts most when sanity falls away.

Currently based in Melbourne, Alexandra is the Program Coordinator for the Arena Theatre Company and General Manager of the literary anthology Going down swinging. Her work has been read at Courthouse Arts and produced as part of the Australian Theatre for Young People’s show, The one sure thing. She is a graduate of ATYP’s Fresh Ink Mentoring Program and National Studio for emerging playwrights. The first draft of Peripheral damage was written as part of the 4x4 Geelong Fresh Ink Mentoring Program 2013.