Silent Disco


Tamara and Jasyn are in love. Tamara is fourteen. Jasyn lives with Aunty and his brother Dane is in prison for dealing. Jasyn wants to take Tamara to the formal, but he hasn’t got the cash.

In a world of absent mothers and missing fathers, Mrs Petchell battles to keep another year of students out of the ranks of the vanished. The Outsiders is on the syllabus again, but instead of Socs and Greasers, this is the world of Speds and Skanks – fuelled by Red Bull and powered by iPods. It can be hard to find your own rhythm when everyone is marching to the beat of a different drum.

  • drama
  • 120
  • 9 total
  • 5 female identifying, 4 male identifying
  • young people
  • 12 to 16, 16 to 18, 18+, 8 to 12
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Currency Press


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Tamara 2

Female | Teen | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 57

EXTRACT: Stand on street get on the bus. Sit on the back seat looking down at people in cars in traffic women on phones in four-wheel drives and men in fluoro uniforms driving utes. Think about Dane and his arms and his smile and he he said the way you do that you sure wouldn't know you were only seventeen. Seventeen. Make plans for me and Dane. I could learn to surf - he'd like that - reckon he'll let me live at his place for a while till I found a job till I got on my feet a bit...Get off in the city near the posh arcade. Stand in the shadows of buildings people in suits huddled smoking - group of private school girls in hats and ties walking in a line - follow them nothing else to do.

Adult themes

Helen Petchell

Female | 30s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 44

EXTRACT: So many questions. Questions people would have asked over and over again. What happened that day? Did I sense that the boy, because they always call them that, did I sense the boy was...? Was he on edge? Was he taking something? Had he been taking something? In classes the week leading up to the incident how had his behaviour been? Did he sit up the back and stare out a window or did he fidget like pins had been stuck in all over his legs and arms or did he do work? If he did work, what work was done? Did anything he did or wrote or said signify anything? So many questions.

Adult themes

Tamara 1

Female | Teen | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 46

EXTRACT: Leanne comes over stands at the door tells Laurence she's leaving and that's the end of taking me on the weekends and the end of the money. He goes apeshit - lashes out - goes mental. Breaks things says things breaks things windows and shit throws stuff slams up Johan's car he's just sitting in it waiting for her to drop her bombs. Windscreen smashes glass showers all over everything. Front door off its hinges. People up the street come down - stare at it all happening. Me saying frig off don't youse all lookin'.

Adult language, Adult themes



Not in Print speaks to Australian playwright Lachlan Philpott about his play 'Silent Disco'.



Noel Jordan introduces Lachlan Philpott's play 'Silent Disco'.

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