Ordinary Misery is the story of a woman attempting to recover from heroin addiction. She is "clean" when the play starts, and the play focuses on her battle with her demons and the relationship she forms with another former heroin addict.

  • drama
  • 110
  • 3 total
  • 2 female identifying, 1 male identifying
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 51

EXTRACT: Is it good shit? Better be good to get you to walk through the doors of a detox. I know I never went to one of those things without a shit load of scag up me Warwick farm. I always had the best though. Jesus no-one ever ripped me off they knew where it'd land them - in fucking hospital the cunts . . . You right in there? You chicks always have trouble finding veins, I could find a vein fucking blindfolded, mine are beauties, like fucking ropes.

Adult themes, Adult language


Female | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 54

EXTRACT: Smelt some jasmine today. Spring eh, can't believe it. Felt really happy for a second when I smelt that. Fuck I am tired, I'm always sick. It's funny when I was clean I used to dream I was using and I'd wake up so relieved that it wasn't real. Spring already. That means I've been using for over a year and you've been at it for nine months or something. Still can't believe you used.

Adult themes, Adult language

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