Gone Viral tells the story of Cassie, a 17 year old girl whose father is dying of cancer.
Cassie has lived with this knowledge for 3 years. Until now she's pushed it to the back of her mind while she copes with all the other stuff life throws at you when you’re a teenager – academic pressures, friendship issues, alcohol, social media and boys.

But the time for wishful thinking is over now, and Cassie must face the painful reality that her Dad is going to die. Somehow she must find the words to say goodbye – but this is so much easier said than done when he knows nothing about the person she is now. Cassie's sure her Dad still thinks of her as the little girl she was before he got sick. But things have changed and there are so many secrets she's been keeping from him since life became so complicated. Would he still love her if he knew the truth...that she’s not the sweet little girl he thinks she is? That she's not the girl he wants to leave behind?

As well as this impending grief, Cassie has found herself in another terrible predicament. She got so drunk at a party she can't remember anything that happened – and if the rumours circulating are true, it’s possible she had sex with someone she doesn’t even know. If she did, it may or may not have been with her consent...and she may or may not be pregnant.

As Cassie navigates these agonizing challenges, she may not always make the right decisions. But with a little help from her oldest friend Anh, she might just emerge from all this pain, okay...and maybe even with her father’s love still intact.

  • contemporary drama for young adults
  • 60
  • 11 total
  • 8 female identifying, 3 male identifying
  • women, young people
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 3

EXTRACT: Basically, in a nutshell, my Dad’s dying. Of cancer. I know I sound really matter of fact, but the thing is he’s been ‘dying’ for three and a half years, since he was first diagnosed, and you get used to saying it without feeling anything. You have to, otherwise you’d always be bursting into tears or losing it in the middle of school, or on the bus or something. And anyway I never really believed it. Even though his isn’t one of those types you can cure early or anything – I’ve just never believed he was going to die.


Female | Teen | Unspecified
Starts on page 13

EXTRACT: When I woke up I was wearing someone else’s t-shirt – I’ve got no idea where my top went – and there was a plate with half a toasted sandwich on it next to my bed. Obviously I was sober enough to cook when I got home, but too drunk to remember doing it. I mean what else did I do that I don’t remember? I’m too scared to ask anyone, in case it’s bad. I nearly didn’t come to school today. I’ve just got this shitty, knotty feeling in my stomach, like I’ve done something really bad, you know?



"Hardy’s script is wonderfully written: the dialogue of the characters is convincing, and they each have flaws and make bad decisions that add to the realism." Sebastian Cooper



///Gone Viral/// Trailer by Emily McAllen and edited by Glen Scrymgour.



"When Adelaide playwright Sally Hardy began writing the play that became Gone Viral, she intended for it to be a comedy exploring teenage friendships. But then her dad was diagnosed with cancer."



"The play commissioned by OLSH College won the Trinity College of London’s International Playwriting Competition for teenage audiences."



"Sally Hardy's Gone Viral, which was originally written for students at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, has taken out the 2014 Trinity College of London International Playwriting Competition." TIM LLOYD Arts Writer, The Advertiser

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