THE MAN WITH THE SEPTEMBER FACE

by Kylie Trounson
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THE MAN WITH THE SEPTEMBER FACE

by Kylie Trounson

It’s 1983. Jesse wants to make it big in roller skates. His coach (and Mum) Naura, runs the tuck shop at the local rink. Newbie Harriet and her naive Marxism intrigue Jesse, but skating is only a hobby for her. Wolf, the rink’s hot DJ lothario, throws down the gauntlet for skating glory, and for Harriet’s hand.

Jesse is troubled, caught between the Scylla and Charybdis of 80s hits: will he go for 'Gold' or collapse into the neo-nihilism of Ultravox’s lament for the modern man, 'Vienna'?

A voice reaching out and a piercing cry
It stays with you until
The feeling is gone
Only you and I
This means nothing to me
This means nothing to me.


Can Jesse stay true? And who is the man with the September face? A sharp and generous comedy for our times, on roller skates.

One of eight plays selected for the National Play Festival in 2008.

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