At 10.27am on December 28, 1989, a major earthquake hit the Australian city of Newcastle. It was centred on the Newcastle Workers' Club, in the heart of Newcastle. 12 people died in the earthquake... 9 of whom were in the club. This is the true story of those who survived. It's based on a play of the same name, which in turn was based almost verbatim on interviews conducted with the survivors themselves. Written by
29 December 1998 (Australia)
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Something's falling off the roof. I get up from the desk, walk one step, and then the lights are out. One more step, and I see all the bricks come down, just at my doorway. And everything just keeps tumbling. The big unit, the air conditioning unit, comes off the roof, just sheers straight down in front, and everything just keeps on falling. I don't scream. And as quick as it starts it stops. And I sort of stop, and look around. I know every inch of that club, but I can't orientate myself. Just...