Outback Ball

By Judith Prior

Judith's hilarious script, in honour of

  The Year of the Outback, 2002. Suitable for Stage or Theatre Restaurant presentation.

The play is a comedy in two acts, set in the present, in a Public Hall, in a small outback town.

The hilarious efforts of the hall committee, and some of the local characters, as they set about overcoming, seemingly impossible obstacles, to achieve their objective, demonstrates the tenacity and ingenuity of outback folk, at their indomitable best.

Story Line...... The local line dancers are annoyed, because the hall committee have cancelled their regular practice session. Government funding has been obtained, to pay a visiting director, from the city, to teach a group of debutantes the finer arts of grooming, deportment, dress and dancing.

The committee plan to impress a visiting member of parliament, by demonstrating that the hall is mainly used for arts and cultural events, in order to apply for more arts funding, to help repair the old building.

The original grant, is conditional on there being at least six debutantes, to be presented. This stipulation, of course, includes six male partners for the debutantes.

The committee have three local, would be, social society debutantes, but they need to convince at least three of the line dancers to become debs...... And find six jackaroo’s willing to wear dinner suits, and learn to dance the Minuet. Debutante frocks and dinner suits have to be ordered from the city.

The ball has to be planned to perfection, to impress the member of Parliament. Of course, things never go as planned. Murphy’s Law of the Outback applies, and everything goes wrong.. with hilarious consequences.......

Cast Required.. Nine females, Three males, Three M/F

Chorus, if required.... Line dancers, debutantes, jackaroos, Volunteers from the audience to escort the Debutantes..........


Casual outback gear. Western shirts, moleskins, jeans, tee shirts etc. Debutante frocks, or revamped wedding dresses, should be worn by the debutantes, if possible. Dinner suits are not required for the guys... The hired suits never actually arrive from the city! Music Suggestions, are given in the script..... Music. May be a piano or a live band, however tapes or CD's work very well, and are recommended, for this particular play.............

An interesting combination of, Line dancing music and a Classical Waltz for the Debutantes presentation.......

R U N N I N G  T I M E

Approx. Approx. 2 hours

Depending on musical content


9 Female  3 Male,  and various chorus members.


$17.50 AUD Plus $2.00 Postage

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