Everything always happens at Jess's birthday parties. The good, the bad and the ugly. Now, on her 40th and 41st birthdays, seven characters bare their souls in the bathroom of her apartment.

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  • black comedy
  • 90
  • 7 total
  • 4 female identifying, 3 male identifying
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | 40s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 17

EXTRACT: Saw the adds on the billboards when I was a kid. The Marlborough man, slouched in the saddle. And at the movies, Jean Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon smoking the Gaulois. Pretty damn romantic really. It's just a pity they had to find out about all that other shit . Sixty a day. Addicted. Not much I can do about it. Helps to crank up the know, when the nicotine hits the brain, the buzz happens, and in my job, you sure as hell need that.

Adult language


Female | 30s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 22

EXTRACT: Then this thing happened. During our conversation, for no apparent reason, something clicked. It happened simultaneously, blame it on the wine, the after dinner joint, who knows...but you know what I mean. One minute everything is normal and suddenly magic happens and the whole dynamic changes.

Adult themes


Male | 50s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 69

EXTRACT: And what do I have to offer her? Nothing. I will lose everything. I will be taken to the cleaners......and is love enough at the end of the day? Would it be enough to hold us together? But I have to take that chance. I have my bag packed in the car. I will ask her to be with me for the rest of our lives. And if she refuses me, well, I'll have to wear that. It will serve me right. God, what a fool I've been. What a bloody fool. All that time wasted.

Adult language

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