The sad, mad and bad stories of three elderly women who meet at a park bench. Edith, Forbes and Dolly all have their secrets and before long their conflicts reveal ancient "truth and lies". Hilariously funny and deeply sad, the play culminates in a buoyant and hopeful ending. Set to music from the 40s.

  • realistic black comedy
  • 90
  • 3 total
  • 3 female identifying
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 20

EXTRACT: Tried to leave her once before. Came here then, too ... and sat ... trying not to think about her.(pause)About the time she burnt her hands and blacked the kitchen, trying to surprise me with 'real' chips. The oil caught fire ... and the curtains ... and the ceiling./ Another time, she put all the dirty clothes in the bath and got in, to wash them, because she didn't know how to use the machine. Ended up with god-awful eczema all over her body because she was allergic to the Omo.


Female | Unspecified | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 58

EXTRACT: When he was little and Rex was in one of his moods, he'd run and hide out in the barn. Once he got bigger, he'd grab at Rex's arm ... tryin' to haul him off ... to get him to stop hittin' me. Like David and Goliath it was. Rex'd just flick him across the room like a piece of rubbish. But he'd get up and rush him again ... then Rex'd lay into him too. Poor little bugger. He looked after his mum, as best he could.

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