A modern Sydney farce, which pokes furious fun at the Harbour City's obsession with real estate. The setting is the open living area of a semi-detached house which is 'open for inspection' on three successive Saturdays, and which is described by the estate agents as 'delivering a quality lifestyle with harbour glimpses' in upmarket Kirribilli. The 'harbour glimpses' are just that: if you stand on your toes, there's a bit of blue between the tall trees.

The problem is that a developer is about to build a block of flats that will extinguish this precious view, and then there's the small issue of rising damp and a leaky roof, which turns the basement into a flood during one of the open days. The vendors are very uncompromising - they refuse to settle for less than $1.2 million because of their own financial difficulties.

You almost feel sorry for Hattie, the hapless real estate agent, who's got major troubles of her own, including being 'slightly pregnant' by the company's star auctioneer. What's more, an unsavory outsider who calls himself Chook has decided to start squatting in the home, and he seems to be looking for more than an overnight shelter. Just when you are convinced the on-site auction will be a catastrophe, proceedings turn into a madcap Treasure Hunt. Writer Hatherley has built his breathless plot with clockwork precision, inspired, he says, by the furious, headlong farces of Georges Feydeau, and the intricate comic gems of John Cleese. Helplessly out of control, his characters chase money, sex and harbour glimpses to the bitter, hilarious end.

  • farce
  • 140
  • 8 total
  • 4 female identifying, 4 male identifying
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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