The Finfins are a peaceful mountaintop tribe who make unusual handicrafts out of felt, speak a unique, patchwork language, and honour reindeer and the great, unending tundra. The Finfins have never needed anything from the Big Village below the mountain, and for a long time, they have been left alone. But, there are only three Finfins left now: Fellt, his mother, Alma, and his irritating friend, Utsi.
Leland Scully, an anthropologist, has taken up the study of the Finfins. He wants to preserve them forever, but his temporary home in a nearby cabin adorned with antlers, makes the Finfins wary of him. To them, Scully is the Andertakker: the Keeper of the Dead.
Alma knows if there is any hope for the Finfins, the young men must venture into the Big Village to find women with whom they can repopulate their tribe. Whereas Utsi is excited for the adventure, Fellt is reluctant - he has a secret love already on the mountain, and though he knows it is futile, he cannot bear to part.
A falling out between the men on the night before departure sends them both into the Big Village alone and unprepared, and Scully's study, warped by cabin fever and sickness, becomes one of the Finfins in their unnatural environment.
Will the Finfins survive in this new world? And who, if anyone, will be their saviour?
First written while under residency at La Boite Theatre Company in 2013/2014, Human Remains in an Alpine Environment was then developed with Playwriting Australia in 2014. It was presented as a public reading at La Boite Theatre Company's HWY Festival for works in development in July 2016.
This play has been supported by Playwriting Australia through the National Script Development workshop.