Sham by Jess Sayer (2015)

Meryl lives a quiet life with her daughter Fern, but this evening she seems to be expecting guests, guests she doesn’t want there or for Fern to meet. Ever. Why? Because the guests are Fern’s aunt Neva and Neva’s eccentric and mildly confused lover Ann. And Fern, until the moment that she bursts in on them at dinner has never known of their existence. It’s time for Meryl and Neva to fess up to their secrets. The excerpt I‘ve chosen pits a mother’s activism against the lack of political engagement in her daughter. Last year just prior to the election I was listening to an interview on RNZ National with four first-time voters who felt the general ennui of youth voters and that they felt unable to be heard. I’m intrigued to know what discussion this brings up in the classroom.

About Jess

Jess Sayer is an actor and playwright living and working in Auckland. She has won the Playmarket b425 award three times, and been shortlisted for the Adam NZ Playwriting Award twice. She founded Junket Theatre company in 2012 and has since staged four of her own works – ‘Elevator, ‘Wings’, ‘Crunchy Silk’ and ‘Fix’ to sell out seasons at The Basement in Auckland.

Additional links:
Jess Sayer talks SHAM
Playmarket