Simon and Nicole’s parents are off to have dinner with friends. Rather than leave their fourteen year old daughter with a babysitter, they agree that she can go to a party with her brother as long as Simon keeps an eye on her. But when they get to the party, Simon goes off with his new girlfriend, Rachel and leaves Nicole alone. When she’s offered a few drinks by some of the older kids, Nicole can’t bring herself to say no and pretty soon she’s off her face. By the time Simon finds her again, she’s so drunk she can hardly stand. So Simon calls a cab and gives the driver money and their address and tells him to take her home.

A vulnerable teenage girl – alone and passed out on the back seat of a cab. How big a risk is she taking? How much can she trust the cab driver? And what happens if her mum and dad aren’t home when they get there?

Good Cab Bad Cab is a play where we never see the central character, Nicole. We only know her story through the eyes of those who witnessed what happened at the party. It’s a play about risk and choice and whether the decisions we make are good or bad. And, most of all, how we look after each other, especially when someone does something stupid.

Good Cab Bad Cab was developed as part of the Spinout Alcohol Awareness Programme for Arts Centre Melbourne and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The script was performed as part of a workshop based incursion touring Victoria secondary schools from 2009 to 2012.

  • abstract/naturalism
  • 40
  • 8 total
  • 4 female identifying, 4 male identifying
  • young people
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • teen, young adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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