Don Quick is a contemporary dramatic retelling of elements of the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes. It is set in Melbourne, Australia in the present day. The play tells two stories. In the first, Michael Cervantes, an Australian playwright, is imprisoned for sedition, along with his manager Charlie Mustafa. While awaiting trial Michael tells the story of Don Quick to his dangerous seeming cell mates.

Don Quick is an old man who lives in suburban Melbourne and reads great romantic novels. Escaping from the confines of his narrowing life he takes his imaginary friend, Charlie Spinoza on the road in his faithful Datsun 120Y called Rosey.

  • drama
  • 100
  • 5 total
  • 2 female identifying, 3 male identifying
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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EXTRACT: I've seen this man turn rats into angels. I've seen husbands and wives fall in love all over again as they watch themselves in his plays. Hard men crying as they recognise what they have become. Children enraptured by what might be possible. Teenagers touch their own cheeks astonished to see tears there. You - You're at the back with the critics and the cynics - 'It's not real,' you say to yourselves. 'Doesn't work!' And the play will close - the gallery will empty ..And no-one will be saved or moved or encouraged -



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