In an old boarding house in the inner city, the lives of eleven young people intersect. Seven women and four men tell stories about wanting to belong - to a cult, to a culture, a country, a socio-economic group or a romantic relationship. Each character experiences a crisis. Each one discovers that what they want most is exactly what they can't have. Some abandon their aspirations; some buy illusion. And others journey from the solitary pleasure of passivity to the companionable discomfort of awareness.
The Happy House Show was developed with the final year (2004) students at the Actors' College of Theatre and Television, Sydney.

  • black comedy
  • 70
  • 11 total
  • 7 female identifying, 4 male identifying
  • 12 to 16, 16 to 18, 18+
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | Unspecified | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 8

EXTRACT: Mom...Okay, they said, your accent, they said, are you British? Are you British, you know in that kind of L.A. reverential way. Australian, I said. Oh-oh! Australian! Well why don't you try "Chad", page whatever whatever....and I'm thinking chiseled jaw, quarter-back, college star. I mean if they said Chad to you, would you think Australian? So I turn to page whatever and go for it. Chad is trapped in the stairwell and he's making jokes about how he didn't come all this way to be a statistic.


Female | Unspecified | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 30

EXTRACT: ....This is my first time, can you tell? Okay, yeah...I know I come across as being a lot more experienced but truly....this is my first time in Recruiting. It's just that I feel so passionate about this organisation. Truly. I've tried lots of things but this - this is the one. I've been a Rudder for Australia for six weeks now and these six weeks have been the best six weeks of my life.

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