Balmain. Tonight. A disillusioned left wing journalist has uncovered a scandalous rumour about the Leader of the Federal Opposition, that if true, will finish him and give the Left a shot at the Labor leadership and the next election… as long as he can confirm the facts and file a story by 10.
Set in real time, The Rumour is the story of a frustrated true believer, an uber right wing political consultant, a doctor, a girlfriend and a Harry Kewell worshipping football fanatic. Inspired by Machiavelli, Marx and Orwell, it’s the local tale of the global plight of the desperate Left against a dominant Right and the vacuum that’s now in between.
"Topical and entertaining drama... From the opening lines it’s fast-paced and funny, as well as posing questions about the intersection of our personal lives with Australian parliamentary politics."—Lachlan Malloch, Green Left Weekly
"Malone is an exciting new talent in Australian theatre. The Rumour is the best work I’ve seen from an emerging playwright in 20 years."—Senator John Faulkner (ALP)
"The Rumour is a fantastic new Australian play and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If it wasn’t for the fact that The Chaser’s policy is to only ever discourage writers with a gift for sharp, satirical comedy, I’d say all sorts of nice things about it. The last thing we want is competition."—Julian Morrow, The Chaser
- comedy drama
- 115 minutes
- 2 female, 3 male
- All characters are early- to mid-thirties
- young adult, adult
- Australian Script Centre