King Golgrutha – A business titan fights the most important fight of his life – The struggle for his own deformed soul.

King Golgrutha (Gutso) is a colossus of consumption. He is the id, the unconscious who wants everything. He has no morality and gets everything immediately. He is in conflict with the material world, with the frustration of other people. But they don’t really contain him, he’s constantly bursting forth.

While the play has the form of a financial drama or comedy, the main thrust of it has something to do with the magnificence of human folly. It is a development from Dreams In an Empty City which was analytical with a strong thread of moral questioning through it. Golgrutha goes beyond that – the evil of the shenanigans is assumed, the details are essentially irrelevant.

Gutso has created the world around him and given everybody nicknames- Hunchback, Gloucester, Lady Trollope- they are the goblins of his imagination. The storyline concerns the link between Gutso and the woman Golgrutha. Her name is an invention but it is a corruption of Golgotha. She is Gutso’s hill of desolation, his calvary. Golgrutha represents the knowledge of suffering which trails all of us, and if we cared to listen to it, would make us better human beings.

  • political satire
  • 100
  • 16 total
  • 7 female identifying, 9 male identifying
  • 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Lady Trollope

Gender Unspecified | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 79

EXTRACT: ...Isn't/ that the source and seat of the/ truly sacred?! To stretch your/ hands through time and space and/ do your will, isn't that the fondest/ dream of all? And so I now stretch/ my hand and grasp my prize and/ declare to all that I, Lady/ Trollope! - Nay, let the truth be/ known - Anthony Trollope! - Yes,/ that I, Anthony Trollope, am the/ greatest writer of them all! Yes,/ Gutso, it is me, your creator,/ revealed to myself through a close/ and careful reading of the works/ of Shirley Maclain who now claims/ you as my own.


Male | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 35

EXTRACT: ....Before us all stands/death, dark, mysterious death; and/that certainty is the most certain/that looms in that most uncertain/future.../You eyes that have only seen/innocence, how fair and strange/you seem to me. To think you looked/upon a world of purity, but now/ see no more. Happy eyes, to have/only known virtue What secrets you/contain. If only you were mine,/and the light that shone in you/could shine into my own benighted/soul -

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