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Dishlickers

  • By Dorian Mode
  • Full Length Musical, Australian, Dramatic Comedy, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • 10M, 4F
  • ISBN: OT-10824

The Harrigans are a local family who live across the road from Gosford Showground (where dog racing is held weekly on the Coast). The family has bred 'dishlickers' all their lives. Suddenly, the Harrigans' world is turned upside down when ABC's Four Corners reveals illegal practices in the greyhound racing industry.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Australian, Dramatic Comedy

  • Time Period: Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Target Audience: Adult, Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings
  • Cautions: Mild Adult Themes

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
The Harrigans are a local family who live across the road from Gosford Showground (where dog racing is held weekly on the Coast). The family has bred 'dishlickers' all their lives. Lorry (Dad) is a truck driver. Sandy (Mum) has a mobile dog-grooming business. Eldest son Gary is a vet. And younger son Warwick is a tradie.

Suddenly, the Harrigans' world is turned upside down when ABC's Four Corners reveals illegal practices in the greyhound racing industry. As the distraught Harrigans consider a move to the Gold Coast, youngest son Warwick falls in love with Felicity - a fellow greyhound owner. However, Warwick discovers that Felicity works for PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals). The family is outraged and tries to stop their son "sleeping with the enemy." However, much like the Montagues and the Capulets, the young couple fall in love.

Meanwhile, Lorry's brother Charlie -- a property developer -- is suddenly interested in greyhound racing. Lorry is thrilled, but Charlie sniffs around the racetrack hoping to get enough dirt on the local industry to shut it down so he can develop the showground into apartments. Here Charlie meets Lionel, a seedy Fagan-esque character who can dispose of any dog for a 'price' and knows the whereabouts of mass canine graves. This is information Felicity is seeking. So she forms a queer alliance with Charlie, causing further conflict.

Can the Harrigans save their family? Save their livelihood? Save their industry? Will the industry clean up its act? Will the tabloid media pressure the Premier to overturn the ban? Will there be a happy ending for anyone?

  • Casting: 10M, 4F
  • Casting Attributes: Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

  • LORRY - 50+, blue singlet, flanno, shorts, work-boots.
    BEER BOTTLE - 50+, high-viz aesthetic, shorts, thongs.
    SHOWBAGS - 50+, moth-eaten Cronulla jersey, trackies, thongs.
    GRAHAM - early 30s, three-day-growth, collar, dog suit.
    GARY - late 20s, vet with a mullet.
    WARWICK - early 20s, tradie chic.
    SANDY - 50+, bottle-blond, ex-pig-shooting chick mum.
    FELICITY - 20s, pretty, lithe, Greenpeace aesthetic.
    LOLITA - 20s, pretty, prissy, pampered, one-piece dog suit.
    LIONEL - 60+, comb-over and cheap clothes, grimy.
    TYSON - 20s, muscled, menacing, tattooed, skinhead.
    HALLSY - 50+, shock-jock, voice only.
    TABATHA - 50+, funky clothes, middle-class, artsy.
    CHARLIE - 50+, Italian suit jacket, white thongs, gold chains.