The Great Australian Car Crash
Wakeling, David (Australian playwright, primary school teacher, principal of business college, December 31, 1952-____),
“The Great Australian Car Crash,” a 60-minute musical in five scenes in English, set in Sydney, Australia, November, 1980,
© 2000 by David Wakeling;
• in David Wakeling’s The Great Australian Car Crash (Marayong, New South Wales, Australia: The Author, 2000;
• script/rights available from David Wakeling, 13 Wabba Street, Marayong, New South Wales, Australia, e-mail email@example.com, telephone (home) 96224675, fax 88148122.
• Cited by David Wakeling via ftp December 7, 2000; Wakeling says,
Hazel (f), 35, a nurse at a sex change clinic; Alean (m), 25, a confused young man; Paul/Paula (m or f), 25, a transsexual; and Peta (f), 35, Hazel’s suicidal flatmate.
“Alean, a confused boy who after a disastrous relationship with a woman seeks advice about the full sex change, is driving to the clinic when he has a car accident with Hazel, a nurse at the clinic. Alean’s friend Paul’s similar operation has given him the idea. Alean and Hazel argue but eventually tell each other their life histories and fall in love. Peta, Hazel’s suicidal flatmate who receives a penis in a cardboard box from an old boyfriend, almost commits suicide. Alean and Hazel get together, and Paul and Peta move in together.
“The play has five scenes: (scene i) The Crash (Hazel and Alean getting to know each other), (scene ii) The Courtship (Paul/Paula and Alean discussing his operation), (scene iii) The Castration (Peta and Hazel), (scene iv) The Clinic (Hazel and Alean fighting), and ((scene v)) The Resolution (everyone coming together). Paul and Peta provide the comic relief. There are five exciting songs: ‘Love Is an Oasis,’ ‘I’m Not Moving,’ ‘Look What the Cat Dragged In,’ ‘If That’s Not Worth Singing About, I Don’t Know What Is,’ ‘Woman Castrate Men.’”
Australia, automobile accident, castration, clinic, courtship, failed suicide, first encounter, love, love gone sour, male-female relationship, severed penis, sex change clinic, song, transsexuality.