Balmain. Tonight. A disillusioned left wing journalist has uncovered a scandalous rumour about the Leader of the Federal Opposition, that if true, will finish him and give the Left a shot at the Labor leadership and the next election… as long as he can confirm the facts and file a story by 10.

Set in real time, The Rumour is the story of a frustrated true believer, an uber right wing political consultant, a doctor, a girlfriend and a Harry Kewell worshipping football fanatic. Inspired by Machiavelli, Marx and Orwell, it’s the local tale of the global plight of the desperate Left against a dominant Right and the vacuum that’s now in between.

"Topical and entertaining drama... From the opening lines it’s fast-paced and funny, as well as posing questions about the intersection of our personal lives with Australian parliamentary politics."—Lachlan Malloch, Green Left Weekly

"Malone is an exciting new talent in Australian theatre. The Rumour is the best work I’ve seen from an emerging playwright in 20 years."—Senator John Faulkner (ALP)

"The Rumour is a fantastic new Australian play and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If it wasn’t for the fact that The Chaser’s policy is to only ever discourage writers with a gift for sharp, satirical comedy, I’d say all sorts of nice things about it. The last thing we want is competition."—Julian Morrow, The Chaser

  • comedy drama
  • 115
  • 5 total
  • 2 female identifying, 3 male identifying
  • 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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EXTRACT: There are more macchiatos than union members and the only blue collars are those worn by little dogs. Hyburbs are actually monitored by security forces internationally as the sites of the next great political uprisings. Listen. Can you hear the people sing? A red flag's being hoisted above hastily erected barricades in Darling St. Perfectly positioned to take full advantage of the water view and noreasterly aspect. 'Eureka! Let them eat friands!!'


Male | 30s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 89

EXTRACT: Andrew Jones, only son of Dick and Catherine Jones, like all pedigree Labor offspring, sent to one of Melbourne's best private schools.../. Finished Dux and Football captain, which he has on his resume the other way round, dated a model, and was the political offspring on the A list for a while...premieres, the GGs, the Grand Prix...But, going on to Melbourne Uni, soon realised being the beloved son of a belligerent politician wasn't actually all that brill.

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