Two down-on-their-luck blokes have good fortune fall into their laps when the chance to train a greyhound is offered to them. Little do they know their silent partner is setting them up for a fall.

"Fashioning language is Daniel Keene's trade, and the playwright approaches it with visceral intensity. You can almost imagine him pulling a red-hot word from a furnace, hammering it into shape and laying it down on the page to cool."—The Sydney Morning Herald

  • black comedy
  • 100
  • 2 total
  • 2 male identifying
  • 18+
  • adult, young adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | 40s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 35

EXTRACT: He walks in there one night, he's got a quarter kilo of coke in his fuckin' handbag. He doesn't make any approaches. Next night he walks in and he's bought his 'girl' a new bracelet, with diamonds all over it. He stays tight. He gives nothing away. He knows an opportunity when he sees one. It's like a secret code. Money attracts money. It's the same with everything.

Adult themes, Adult language


Male | 40s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 33

EXTRACT: I went picking peaches after that. I had my first screw under a peach tree. She had rotten peaches squashed all over her arse. We hosed each other down at the water tank afterwards. I gave her the snake skin belt the day I left 'cause she said she liked it. I never been back to that place. I wish I hadn't gave her that snake skin belt. It was beautiful.

Adult themes


Male | 40s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 27

EXTRACT: Sometimes I get this feeling that I'm not living the right life, I mean this life I'm living isn't mine... it belongs to somebody else. Like sometimes I think what things would be like if certain things hadn't happened, I mean if I didn't let them happen to me. I know I shouldn't have let them happen, but I did, and because I did this life I'm living isn't mine.(Pause) This other life, this one I think I should be living, it may not be a better life, but it would be mine...


Male | 40s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 11

EXTRACT: Jesus Christ it pisses me off! All that shit they give you. 'Have you tried to find work?' Yes I have. 'What kind of work have you been looking for?' I want to be a Private Detective. 'But it says here you are an unskilled labourer.' I am trying to better myself.(Pause) The human body is a strange but perfect thing, Bill. You ever thought about it?



A review of the 2001 film adaptation of 'Silent Partner', directed by Alkinos Tsilimidos, written by Daniel Keene.



The trailer from the 2001 film adaptation of 'Silent Partner', directed by Alkinos Tsilimidos, written by Daniel Keene. Starring David Field and Syd Brisbane.

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