Milla is 16, drinking their first vodka lemonade, at the first party Mum said they could stay past midnight at, and just kissed a girl - holy moly, does that mean Milla's queer? Annabel's queer, and her pronouns are she/her and she's going to beat all the queerphobes at the Swimming Carnival. Bea just wants everything to go back to normal and have her best friend back.

Riding an adrenaline wave of first love and low alcohol tolerances three teenagers navigate friendship and falling in love in their claustrophobic coastal town. Milla overcomes the butterflies in their stomach to kiss Annabel, but that was the easy bit. The swim team don't want queers on their team and Milla's best friend Bea is caught in the middle. Milla and Annabel must confront whether their safety and visibility is worth the risk of Milla's mum finding out, the swim team's wrath, and if they have the bravery to break school policy to attend formal together.

Butterly Kicks explores young people discovering their identity and finding the courage to live openly and joyfully.

  • drama
  • 60
  • 3 total
  • 2 female identifying, 1 gender unspecified
  • gender, women, young people
  • 16 to 18
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Non-binary | Teen | Unspecified
Starts on page 8

EXTRACT: I think she’s smiling. I mean, I know she’s smiling, I-I can see it. I know what a smile looks like. I mean, I think she’s smiling at me. I kicked off the stupid shoes and plunged into the crowd. She grabbed me and pulled me past a group of grinding girls. Her grip is strong. She doesn’t let go. I’m covered in goosebumps. I do my awkward bop. She throws her arms into the air, taking mine with it. “Hey” I say. “Do you feel like one of those plastic wind thingys outside car sales yards?”


Female | Teen | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 45

EXTRACT: I am reminded that I am not equal with my fellow students. I am sure I am not the only student who is affected by this unfair policy and that there are many couples here tonight who cannot hold the hand of the person they love. But what the hell. I’m going to anyway. I am going to hold her hand and dance with her and I am going to kiss her. And Miss T, you can put me in detention or suspend me or expel me, I don’t care. But you’ll have to wait until Monday.

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