The Spook


It is 1965. There doesn't seem to be too much going on in the ranks of the South Bendigo Communist Party. Even the presence of young recruit Martin Porter has done little to inject life into the weekly grind. While Martin's mum frets about Martin inexplicably abandoning the church, his short hair and the army reserve, George and Eli Tassekis welcome him into their family like a second son. But Martin is an ASIO spy and he's about to get his new friends into serious trouble. The Spook, based on a true story from country Victoria, is a sad story hilariously told in true Gogolian style.

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  • 6 female identifying, 6 male identifying
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Male | Unspecified | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 28

EXTRACT: Don't think it hasn't happened before. One of my best femaleagents, a twenty-year-old typist, gorgeous brunette, was brainwashed by a middle-aged Jewish communist, and ended up living in sin in Peking.I've got a photograph of her in one of those little blue Mao suits. Fucking tragedy...Don't let them fool you, Martin. [Pause.] These people are traitors to their country. It's as simple as that. You know what position the communists took in the Second World War?

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Male | Teen | 5 to 10 minutes
Starts on page 1

EXTRACT: The women seem just as deep in it as the men, couldn't believe it, the words that came out their mouths, it's like they've been brainwashed or something... I felt like I wasn't in Bendigo. I don't know where I was... but it was a right little nest of reds on Saturday night. After Frank Nash left they played cards for money. I lost seven shillings.(He pauses.) I was wondering if I get that back at all?

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