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A disparate group of seven work colleagues in a local government office struggle to hold onto their dreams, as they desperately attempt to prevent being completely paralysed by their workplace, and by themselves.
Trevor regularly locks himself in the toilet, crying over past decisions that have brought him to this sad impasse. Heather appears perfectly fine but privately despairs that she hasn’t been touched for such a long time. Tabitha’s affair with her married colleague Grant means little to her but Grant is passionately in love. Having emigrated from Eastern Europe Nina desperately tries to climb the ladder as her useless husband seems incapable. Dim dreams of being a successful musician and plans to stay temporarily—only it’s already been thirteen months, with no end in sight. And Lachlan moves from Sydney to become General Manager only to have his team dislike him almost as much as he dislikes them.
The drudgery of daily office life shifts dramatically when a traumatic event in the department forces everybody to take a good hard look at themselves and to contemplate the possibility of change—and to ponder how far they are prepared to go in order to achieve real happiness.
Cast : 6M, 3F (doubling required)
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-950-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
MELISSA BUBNIC is a playwright and screenwriter from Melbourne, currently living in London.
She studied at the University of Melbourne and completed a Masters in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths, University, London.
She is a recipient of commissions and prizes from Arts Victoria, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, La Mama, Transport Accident Commission’s ‘Make a Film, Make a Difference’ competition, Platform Youth Theatre and the Children’s Literature Board of Australia. She attended the 2007 World Interplay Playwrights’ Festival as one of nine Australian delegates.
Beached won the 2010 Patrick White Award from the Sydney Theatre Company.
Stop. Rewind was developed as part of the Red Stitch Writers Program in Melbourne and went on to tour Australia in 2012. Her play
Emoticon was the winner of the Write Now 3 competition at the Brockley Jack Studio in London.
Melissa is currently developing numerous TV projects, including an original comedy-drama series with Clerkenwell Films for Channel 4 (UK). She also writes for UK TV show,