IT was all for the best, apparently, the practice of rounding up children and sending them as far away as possible to conditions of near slavery.
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Not being in any position to consent to the arrangement, the more than 3000 youngsters who came to Australia from the UK formed a second kind of stolen generation in this country, with all the attendant trauma. The last consignment arrived as recently as 1970.
In the past few years there have been attempts at reparation and the restoration of family ties, if such is possible. Those efforts provide the scaffolding for Forget Me Not, which is concerned with reaching to the heart of the considerable damage done.
Tom Holloway’s play, a co-commission between Sydney’s Belvoir and Liverpool’s Everyman and Playhouse, divides its time between Australia and the UK as deeply hurt and hostile Gerry (Colin Moody) is pushed towards discovering who he is. Gerry and his jittery, disaffected daughter Sally (Mandy McElhinney, wonderful as always) scrap constantly – as he says, he’s been a shitty father – and he’s only sketchily co-operative with Mark (Oscar Redding), who will arrange a possible reunion in Liverpool.