Two British migrant brothers in search of easy money find themselves in an outback mining town. With the arrival of a boxing tent comes the opportunity for the rapid increase of the brothers' meagre savings through a prize fight and a side bet.

Below examines how past events and secrets can seep into the present, and how the bonds of kinship and love play out in a reality that is harsh and brutal but also strangely poetic.

"A tough, hard-hitting play... powerfully claustrophobic ... Inviting comparisons with Pinter and Beckett, [this] outback noir piece displays strong existentialist and nihilist overtones and is brimming with tension and menace that occasionally spill over into physical violence."—Mark Woods, Variety

  • drama
  • 90
  • 3 total
  • 1 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | 30s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 26

EXTRACT: I want to do something mum never lived long enough to do. You were standing right there when I came in to the world and she went out. That puts a lot on a person to live her life good. And now ... Now I want to sleep on crisp white sheets in a lovely house all smelling of soap and hot water. I want to lie in a bath that's bigger than me. I said I would, and I want to. I don't think its too much to ask.

Adult themes



"Below cleverly and strongly establishes how high the stakes are for these characters, they want to make something of themselves before the heat and hopelessness of this blistering nowhere-land withers them away."

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