Basel’s Island begins on an island off Australia in the present day. Basel, a young Sudanese man, introduces himself to the audience and tells them that he has a thousand stories to share. All of them are great adventures.

  • comedy/ drama/ fantasy/ social comment/ physical theatre
  • 80
  • 3 total
  • 2 female identifying, 1 male identifying
  • culturally and linguistically diverse
  • 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 46

EXTRACT: ..she gets to the western suburbs of Sydney she will make socks in a small garage. She and her future husband, who is A doctor driving taxis, will become nationalised one Australia Day. She will be harassed at a shopping centre by schoolchildren calling her filthy names. One morning - after one too many suggestions from her boss she will open her cupboard and pull down an ornamental box so secret her husband has never seen it, open it and pull out a vivid red burqhur -And that night the streets of arrickville will encounter - The Red Shadow.


Male | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 3

EXTRACT: It is a long way to walk. And every day we might be taken by the lions. You don't believe me. Over there is Matata - he's not a twin anymore. Malusi Dosi - timid Malusi Dosi - Eaten up last week on the way to school. I didn't want to go to school. I had too much I wanted to learn. I told my mother about the lions. She said, 'Without school you will be stupid. Better to be dead than stupid. So. Here I am on the way to school.



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