The Paradise Nightclub is a place better than hell. It's a world of strippers, old actors, dancers, singers and bartenders. It's a place of violence, drugs, sex and death. They struggle to pay the rent. They may have to be burn the place down.

  • lyrical, allegorical
  • 120
  • 15 total
  • 6 female identifying, 9 male identifying
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | 20s | over 10 minutes
Starts on page 12

EXTRACT: So this guy comes up to me, ordinary guy, dick, balls, eyes, big hands, empty wallet,not a clue, he comes up to me and says, he says something, I'm not listening, but anyway he says it and me, the pure thing, I turn to him and I say nothing, I look, I look at him and he opens his mouth again and I do the fucking usual. (He strikes the drum once).And when he gets up I hit him again.

Adult language

Mister Fabris

Male | 50s | 5 to 10 minutes
Starts on page 27

EXTRACT: I gazed at them as they sat together on my sofa. The afternoon light came though the white curtains. The flowers they had asked me to buy were on the small table by the sofa. I found their scent almost . . . overpowering . . . and their colours . . so disturbingly.. intense.(Pause).When Isabelle took off her clothes . . . Chloe sat there watching her and smiling. I sat in my chair. I sat there.(Pause)And I wept.(Pause)I wept for them.(Pause).They kissed my tears away.(Pause) All of them.

Adult themes


Female | 20s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 64

EXTRACT: I'm here. Can you see me? What do you see? What do you want to see? (Pause). I can be anyone you want me to be. Who do you want me to be? (Pause).I can see you. Who do you want me to see? Who do you want to be? You can be anyone you like.(Pause).A name? What do you want to call me? I can have any name you like.What do you want me to call you? (Pause).Nothing?

Adult themes

Spielman (Bruno)

Male | 40s | 5 to 10 minutes
Starts on page 40

EXTRACT: I used to be such a nice boy. I still am, underneath. But I have been encrusted with the sediment of despair and I do not give a rat's fart for any other member of the human race. It's a lonely place in which I exist, to which I would not invite another living soul....Except you of course.(Pause). I have sought help. I have had the suck of good women and the blows of men more cruel than myself. The fluids of love and of violence have anointed me, but they have done me no good.

Adult themes, Adult language

Mister King

Male | 60+ | 5 to 10 minutes
Starts on page 53

EXTRACT: My Cordelia. This was her. Her swaddling clothes were a winding sheet. I hardly knew her. I was timid and set in my ways. I could not see the end coming.Now the end's come. Where is she? Is she here in my arms still? Yes, yes, yes, I think it is so. It is a miracle....She never spoke. She howled. She was like a storm; a warning, but of what I never knew. Perhaps I know it now. How can I tell what I know? (Pause.)She was my daughter, that's all I know.(Pause)She was beautiful and I was not.

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