Cross Sections goes beyond the neon buzz of the Coke sign and a tourist's stroll along Darlinghurst Road and allows us to spend 24 hours in Sydney's quintessential 'red light district'. A play that is populated by a parade of stunningly vulnerable characters, it explores the heart and soul of an underground community with rules of its own.

There's young rent boy Aaron, searching for The Goddess (Leeanne, a prostitute who breathed him back to life), David-the-married-with-kids city corporate who in turn is searching for Aaron. Lou picks up fares, runaways Amelia and Fung-Lee hatch a plan, and elderly Enid endlessly sweeps the streets.

"Suzie Miller has written a powerful script that gives personal and often confronting perspectives on issues such as prostitution, heroin, violence, and homelessness... "Cross Sections" is an exhilarating ride ... flecked with humour and understated moments of tenderness." - Gemma O'Donoghue, State of the Arts

"Miller has produced a stark, often very funny and genuine portrait of the Cross and its workers ... a strong, affecting and sometimes tender portrait." - Stephen Dunne, Sydney Morning Herald

  • realistic comedy drama
  • 120
  • 9 total
  • 4 female identifying, 5 male identifying
  • adolescence, women
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 22

EXTRACT: He's sweet Jono, but the whole snugly thing it's just makes me .. bored. All that safety - it's weird to work in a place like this then go back to Jono. We never really talk about my job. It's like I work in this invisible world. He knows I've taken ekkies and I love a pill, but he won't go there. He doesn't like to see me 'all silly' he says. I'm only 22, I don't know why all this settle down stuff is so important right now.

Adult themes, Adult language

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