The youngest in the family, Christine idolises her father, especially his stories of wartime heroics. Her sister Jill, meanwhile, doesn’t quite share the same sentiments. As the intensity of the Vietnam War looms, the stories slowly start to lose their shine and war threatens to break a new generation apart.
A moving family drama adapted from Patricia Cornelius's own novel for the stage, My Sister Jill is a universal tale of the Australian spirit set against the backdrop of 1950s to 70s suburban Melbourne.
Patricia Cornelius is a founding member of Melbourne Workers Theatre. She’s a playwright, novelist and film writer. Patricia is excited this play My Sister Jill (adapted from her own novel) is receiving its premiere production at Melbourne Theatre Company. She’s written over 35 plays including the adaptation of The House of Bernarda Alba and SHIT (Melbourne Theatre Company); Do Not Go Gentle (Sydney Theatre Company, first produced by fortyfivedownstairs); RUNT, SLUT (fortyfivedownstairs); In the Club (State Theatre Company South Australia) and LOVE (HotHouse/Malthouse Theatre). Her film credits include SHIT (adapted from the stage play) and BLESSED (co-writer). She’s currently developing a feature film, with director and co-writer Catriona McKenzie. Patricia is the recipient of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize and the 2019 Green Room Award for Life Achievement. She’s been awarded the Vic, NSW, Qld Premier Prizes, the Patrick White Fellowship and Mona Brand Award for playwriting as well as numerous AWGIE Awards.