"If I haven't written my first novel, released a platinum album, had a hit film, Oscar nomination, donated my life to starting a charity organisation, met the man/woman of my dreams, travelled the world, studied the great texts, been nominated as young Australian of the year by the time I'm 25 then what am I?"

The pressure cooker is rising. It's Madeleine's last day at the restaurant. Her last day of waiting. Or is it? Can she resist the smooth-talking waiter and the rough-as-guts chef? Still Waiting. How will she become a woman of her own making?

"This is a light, energetic, quixotic play about anticipating change... The writer had a strong grasp on the structure and a fast, easy ability to find characters through humour and language. An impressive and stylish piece of writing with a strong likelihood of reaching a large and enthusiastic audience...a very sassy piece of theatre."—judges' comments, RE Ross Trust Playwrights' Script Development Awards, 2003

  • comedy drama
  • 70
  • 3 total
  • 1 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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EXTRACT: You'd like to order? Fish of the day. Excellent choice. I don't know sir, what is scaly and white and...? - Blue Eye sir and it comes with chilli and- Sure, just grilled then? Well they grill it sir. The chef puts it on the grill. The chef takes the fish, brushes it with oil and put it on the grill... Ahh, it's from...somewhere...I think it's... South? To be honest... Yes sir that is my job. Well as far as I know, down South, somewhere, there is a little man in a little boat - let's say Tasmania ...



"Still Waiting is unpretentious, but it does also provide a bigger picture in the questions it raises about our collective habits of substituting "waiting" in a comfort zone for the riskier efforts needed to achieve our ambitions."

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