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(c) 2013 Michele Lee CHARACTERS/PERFORMERS Aljin Abella, Jing-Xuan Chan, Haiha Le, Nicole Lee, Harry Tseng, Gareth Yuen. SETTING A rehearsal studio. TIME 2013. The actors are rehearsing the show. PRODUCTION NOTES This is a verbatim theatre show. The performers also play themselves. / = This is an indication for the actor saying the next line to begin their line.

– = This is an indication for the actor saying the line to halt what they’re saying. ... = This is an indication for the actor saying the line to trail off.


ONE Everyone in a circle, reading from scripts. JING-XUAN humming Part of that world. ALJIN: ‘Moths’, by Michele Lee. A verbatim play about sex and sexuality. Characters slash performers. Aljin Abella. Jing-Xuan Chan. Hai Ha Le. Nicole Lee. Harry Tseng. Gareth Yuen. Setting. A rehearsal studio. Time. 2013. NICOLE: [Reading.] She’s female. 33. Vietnamese. Social worker. [Pause.] Um... the first good sex I had this is a... it was actually with a girl. And she was a white girl. Big boobs. D cup. [Laughs.] I had sex with her after I had sex with the dude that... um... the Vietnamese gangster boy. And when he found out about me and this girl he got really upset. He rung both of our parents [laughs] to dob us in. [Pause.] Gareth. GARETH: Sorry. [Pause.] “Do you know your daughter’s a lesbian?” NICOLE: Blah blah blah. And to my parents’ credit, they actually responded better than her parents who were white. They... um... threatened her. GARETH: “We’re going to stop paying your tuition fees and giving you money.” NICOLE: For, you know, like, for uni. Because she was studying in Brisbane and we were living together. GARETH: “Unless you come home. Unless you stop seeing Tina.” NICOLE: And then they wrote me a nasty letter. Her mum did. Threatened to tell the police. [Laughs.] She called me a witch and all this stuff, I’ve cast a spell on her daughter. Beat. JING-XUAN’s humming trails off. HARRY: I went to Thailand. Just on a holiday. We go out to... um... some island. And we have to travel out there by boat and on the boat the people who we share with, there’s quite a few... um... I’d say the majority of the other people are white males with younger-looking Thai women [Laughs.] So, we don’t know what the context is. We don’t know whether these are sex workers, or whether they’re just their girlfriends, short-term or long-term girlfriends. But in these couples that are, like, on this boat, the guys aren’t being really nice to the girls. They’re very much the dominant beings, they’re like “Get me this, get me that” kind of thing. And that gets my goat. I go up to this one guy. I say “Hey. Are you looking at yourself, you piece of shit? Go back to where you came / from – 2

ALJIN: Harry. Gareth missed his line. Go back. GARETH: We can just skip / it. ALJIN: No, no. It’s in the script. Go back, Harry. HARRY: “Go back to where you came from?” ALJIN: A few lines before that. “They’re like “Get me this, get me that” kind of thing. And that gets my goat.” HARRY: And I go up to this one guy. ALJIN: Gareth says: GARETH: “Yeah?” [Confirming.] That was my line. / That’s all. HARRY: So I go up to this guy. And I say “Are you looking at yourself? Go back to where you came from – Australia, the UK, Germany, whatever – and stop putting your racist semen into poor Thai women.” GARETH: [Pause.] He – the guy interviewed – do you think he actually said that? ALJIN: Male. He’s Laotian. 33. A university lecturer. HARRY: [Pause.] I would have said that. This shit makes me so angry, I can’t say their lines and be a bystander. Be like ‘Whatever’. JING-XUAN: My aunt’s married to an older white man, a farmer. But she’s happy. NICOLE: And you date a white chick, Harry. HARRY: We’re married now, actually. GARETH: What? When? HARRY: Just the other week. JING-XUAN: Your photos were so beautiful / Harry. HAIHA: Con / grats. ALJIN: Congratulations. NICOLE: She married you? HARRY: Lettie’s from Newcastle, so we held the wedding out on her property, her family’s property. We catered it ourselves, 100 guests. No dramas. You know I used to run a restaurant? In / between acting. NICOLE: Yeah you mentioned that. HARRY: And I sung my vows. JING-XUAN: That’s beautiful / Harry. HARRY: You know I used to be a jazz singer, yeah? [To everyone.] A professional jazz singer. You guys / know that? NICOLE: You’re a very talented boy, Harry Tseng. 3

HARRY: I can dance too. I’m a triple threat. Like Jing. GARETH: What did you sing? HARRY: You are my sunshine. You guys want to hear a / sample? NICOLE: No. JING-XUAN: Yes. HAIHA: Yes. ALJIN: Sure. HARRY: I don’t want to sing it if everyone doesn’t want to hear me. JING-XUAN: We do want to hear you. Beat. HARRY: You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy, when skies are grey. Beat. HAIHA: You’re really good, Harry. Did you study musical theatre when you were at NIDA? HARRY: Nope. Just three years of acting. ALJIN: [To HAIHA.] Where’d you go? HARRY: Hai Ha went to one of those courses at the Royal Court or in New York with Anne Bogart or something, or that Le Cockatoo, um, the Cock dude clowning mask guy. HAIHA: I went nowhere. I’m, like, the only one who didn’t study. ALJIN: A proverbial natural. NICOLE: Who also gets TV work. According to your IMDB profile: Bed of Roses. HAIHA: Playing a ‘Chinese’ girl. NICOLE: You can’t complain about that. Seriously. [To the group.] I looked you all up. HARRY: Hai Ha. I will permit you to still do this show with us. HAIHA: Who says I want to do it? ALJIN: Scene two. The sound of moths coming.


TWO All present. Still reading the script. Moths flapping in the background. ALL: [Reading the script still, overlapping.] They’re Laotian. Or Vietnamese. Chinese. Cambodian. Burmese. Half Thai. Indonesian. Born in 1980. 87. 78. 92. They’re... moths, they’re weird. I’m... Moths. They’re weird, lovely. They’re coming. ALJIN: The moths will be flapping, slow-motion, they will approach the stage. JING-XUAN: Beautiful. ALJIN: Thousands of specimens. NICOLE: [Pause.] How are we going to represent the moths? HAIHA: I stay. HARRY: I go. GARETH: I stay. JING-XUAN: We go. THREE The moths echoing. GARETH and HAI HA alone. JING-XUAN in the background, singing softly. JING-XUAN: I wanna be where the people are I wanna see, wanna see them dancin'... GARETH: [To HAI HA.] Hey. HAIHA: Hey. GARETH: It’s great to be working on this. With you. And everyone, of course, the whole team. The moths. Us moths. HAIHA: I guess. JING-XUAN: [Petering off.] Flippin' your fins, you don't get too far... GARETH: For what it’s worth, I’ve always thought you’re better than anyone who got a HECS debt going to drama school. You are a natural. It’s clichéd, I know –


HAIHA: It is, I work hard. I don’t just wake up in the morning, put a sun-dress on – oh look, here are some fancy sun-glasses – and, like, go to a cafe, have brunch, hope my agent will call me. GARETH: None of us do that. JING-XUAN: [Petering off.] Strolling along down a - what's that word again? Street... GARETH: [Pause, to HAI HA.] What were you looking at before? HAIHA: The moths? GARETH: No, before. HAIHA: Before? GARETH: Your headshots. HAIHA: They’re new. GARETH: Can I look? HAIHA: What for? GARETH: To see you. HAIHA: They’re on the table. GARETH retrieves the photos. GARETH: Lovely. Who took these? HAIHA: A photographer in LA, I met him through my flatmate, Sonya Steele. Do you know her? She went to NIDA. GARETH: Is she the Aboriginal girl? HAIHA: ‘The Aboriginal girl’? GARETH: Sorry. ‘Categories’. That’s the LA effect. Did she get much work? HAIHA: She’s still over there, I guess, so, yeah. Yeah. GARETH: It was insane over there. Did you get a car? You go onto the road, almost have an accident, have enough people scream at you and then you’re fine. As soon as I got a car, I went driving down the Santa Monica freeway, screaming at the SUVs, “Fuck this America! You want it, it’s on!” HAIHA: Really? GARETH: [Pause.] No, not really. HAIHA: Was that a joke? GARETH: [Pause.] I’m now based there half of the year. Actually, the amazing thing is, I... it’s so weird, Hai Ha. Weird. I actually got signed with Creative Artists. 6

HAIHA: [Pause.] It’s not weird. You’re just, well, a good actor. You always were. GARETH: [Pause.] Does she look white? Sonya, I mean. If you look non-white but nonanything specific you can play Hispanic, half-black, Middle Eastern, European. Like Eva Mendes. How did / you go? HAIHA: In LA, it’s beauty. It’s... beauty or sexuality is a woman’s power. Using beauty and sex in LA, it’s the easiest thing to provoke an arousal. It’s harder to evoke sympathy, sympathy or empathy. Or even anger, yes, maybe. And why were you watching me looking at my headshots – I was doing that in private – I didn’t want everyone to see and go “There’s, Hai Ha, why is she looking at her headshots in rehearsal, that’s pretty vain, that’s unprofessional”. Beat. HAIHA: I said all that, all that stuff, about LA, in my interview. I don’t think I really, well, got that much out of LA. I prefer, like, Melbourne. Theatre. Being a moth. GARETH: You were interviewed for this? HAIHA: As well as Jing. GARETH: Me too. I took some friends with me. [Pause.] I was in LA at the same time as you, you know? HAIHA: I know. FOUR ALJIN: Scene four. HARRY: [To JING-XUAN.] Yo mermaid. It’s your scene. JING-XUAN: Sorry. [Pause.] 37. Singaporean. Female. Naturopath. [Pause.]. Here’s the thing I don’t really think of myself as feminine... and I don’t really think of myself as Asian either. Fuck it all. Like fuck the categories. I’ll just take the best of whatever happens at the time. Like, some of the best sex I’ve had was with myself [laughs.] Ok I was, um, whipped to an orgasm whilst in stocks in public. At Sexpo. HAIHA: And there’s her friend. [Pause.] I had free tickets to Sexpo. JING-XUAN: We went and there were stocks. And there was a man called The Colonel who’s pretty big in the Melbourne BDSM scene, I think he’s one of the one of the people who runs The Abyss. 7

HAIHA: It’s a BDSM club. Down in St Kilda. JING-XUAN: [About HAI HA.] She had a go first in the stocks. HAIHA: I’m into that kind of thing. JING-XUAN: Then I hopped on. HAIHA: People were watching. JING-XUAN: But you know I couldn’t see most of the time because when you’re in... stocks, I had to bend over so I was looking at the floor, I couldn’t actually raise my head to look at the crowd around me so as far as I knew there was a crowd. And right at that time Dr Feelgood – I don’t know if you remember her – from like 10 years ago, she was do... she was trying to interview me whilst I was being whipped. I was like “Piss off lady.” [Laughs a lot]. And I had my first Kundulini Rising orgasm through the stocks. Beat. HARRY: Kinky mermaid. JING-XUAN: [To NICOLE.] It’s more... you. NICOLE: What? JING-XUAN: More... defiant. Like you. FIVE ALJIN: The writer. HARRY: Aljin’s girlfriend. NICOLE: Ooh. Are you going to get a mention, Aljin? ALJIN: [Pause.] Sexually, I think I’m... I’m a very... curious person. I don’t think I have an incre... a big libido. I don’t think I want to have sex all the time... But... hmm, yeah... yes if... if I could have sex with lots of different people or just have lots of sex with one person I think there would be a real tension for me. I think... that when I reflect on it, I think that is li... in... my sexual being kind of ties back to being... um, not so much Australian or Asian but being a modern Gen Y/X person where we like choice and variety. I think some men find me fascinating but at the same time intimidating. The more educated ones. Like one guy I saw he... he acknowledged that he had double standards. If one of his mates talked about conquests... Which... I don’t. Sometimes I 8

talk in those terms. But if his mates were talking conquests he would encourage it or accept it but with me, with a girl... NICOLE: [Pause.] Educated guys. “Progressive.” Those guys – I’m sorry – those guys are the biggest frigging hypocrites. They love and loathe feeling emasculated. HARRY: You need to stop sleeping around, Nicole. JING-XUAN: Nicole’s allowed to be promiscuous. ALJIN: She’s transient. Like the bogong moth. HAIHA: How many guys have you slept with, Nicole? NICOLE: Contrary to popular opinion, I’m actually celibate at the moment. SIX HARRY: Female. She’s Filipino. 25. Bank teller. [Pause.] I’m a lot more conservative than the other girls. I’m really old fashioned... growing up... in a very Catholic family, my parents were very strict. I wasn’t allowed to have any boyfriends. I probably had the strictest family in all of the Filipino community. Like if I went to a party um... the parents would have to call my family. And invite me properly. I used to have to tell my friends to call at a particular time and tell them what to say. I used to have them to come in the house and introduce themselves and take me out. As I was driving off my aunty would stand at the fence ... we had the windows down and I was ready to change out of my clothes and then she’d be yelling out – ALJIN: “No boys, no boys” HARRY: And, um, yeah it got to a point where they found out I had a boyfriend. And they’re all standing there at the table, all like: ALJIN: “God this, God that.” HARRY: And you know I was crying obviously but the worst thing was um.... my Dad he never says anything to me, he’d never, like, smacked me or anything like that. And the worst thing is when he said: ALJIN: “Carly, that’s really bad.” HARRY: And I actually, I was heart-broken, like I’ve never... been told off before. And from that point, actually, I never did anything rebellious like that ever again. Yeah.


SEVEN HAIHA: There’s a phase that that so many women... I’m thinking Asian women go through – HARRY: Go back. You forgot something. HAIHA: Female. 32. Malaysian. Pregnant. [Pause.] I’m thinking Asian women go through and there’s a particular way they do it too. It’s like... it’s like an extra girliness even though they’re kind of adults. Whereas the Western women would be girly but they... the Asian women do it a lot more girlier. When I watch Asian movies like all the women are... teenagers. Behaving like 13 year olds. And when I go to Asia as well, when I travel there or whether I visit my family or whether I’m just travelling there. I find myself putting on this mantle of... um... the word is ‘si mung’, which is like elegant or gentle or ladylike. More well-behaved and more girly. EIGHT JING-XUAN: A couple talking. Me. She’s Hmong. [Pause.] ‘Cause we’re in a first world... we’re not like... in Asia or where you know everything’s all Asian. The magazines have all Asians and the superstars and them are all Asian. Like in Australia we’ve got lots of ... it’s just pretty much white. And Brad Pitt would be the epitome of masculinity. Brad Pitt is just like... tall, confident and... or in Troy, like, with the fit body. Whereas someone like Gerard Butler, he’s a beefcake. NICOLE: Nicole shall move from playing a lesbian to playing a guy. Don’t say anything, Harry. HARRY: [To ALJIN.] Your girlfriend’s funny, man. NICOLE: The couple. Me. Cambodian. They’ve got a kid. [Pause.] It doesn’t really matter you look like. Like... Australia’s so multicultural, it’s just, I think everyone’s the same, do you know what I mean? If you’re ripped, you’re ripped. It doesn’t matter what colour you are. It’s your attitude as far as masculinity – JING-XUAN: Gerard Butler’s not ripped... he’s just kind of a bit of a... nah. Maybe in 300 but, like, personally, like, when he’s out and about he’s like.... NICOLE: Do you know him personally? JING-XUAN: Well you see photos and stuff. Brad Pitt when you interview him he’s... still masculine and he’s just... kind of... yeah he’s confident. NICOLE: Did you see him on 60 Minutes recently, Brad Pitt? 10

JING-XUAN: No. NICOLE: He’s slightly awkward and – JING-XUAN: I love him. NICOLE: He likes to skirt around – JING-XUAN: I love him. NICOLE: He doesn’t like to answer questions. JING-XUAN: To be the epitome of masculinity, in Australia, I’m thinking you have to be charismatic and you have to be able to hold yourself well. NINE GARETH: The lecturer. From before. Yeah. [Pause.] Um... there was one time when I... um... was on a train and there was a bunch of guys, there would have been like nine guys. And they were like white but they weren’t like white white. They might have been Greek or European. And there was another Asian guy there, and he had this big suitcase and glasses – oh I’ve got glasses – they were talking to him. ALJIN: “Hey how’s it going?” GARETH: And he was like “Yeah yeah alright.” HARRY: “Where are you going with that suitcase?” GARETH: And I was like “I don’t think this is... this is under the pretence of friendliness but I think they’re trying to have some fun here.” NICOLE: “Oh is the suitcase full of your underwear?” GARETH: And I was like “Okay” and then [clears throat]... the next stop he got off but I actually think he needed to get off because it wasn’t getting to the point of like... any kind of scary stuff. But then... and but... I made my presence known a little bit because I could have sat down but I kind of stood nearby. They were all joking around and I heard the ‘gook’ word used / and... HARRY: You guys know that it’s pronounced ‘gook’? ‘Gook’. With the upward inflection. ‘Gook’. ‘Gook’. HAIHA: Why are you looking at me? HARRY: You’re a ‘gook’. I’m kidding. ‘Cause you’re Vietnamese. I’m saying it right, aren’t I? It’s a tone-ic, whatddyacall it, a tonal thing. ALJIN: But a young Greek-Australian thug on a train is not going to say ‘gook’.


HARRY: Wogs and white people are so bland with their language. It’s all these monotoneics, droning on and on, fucking this, fucking that – ALJIN: Harry, you’ve got the least tonal voice here. HARRY: Get me this – ALJIN: You’ve got the most classic Australian drawl. HARRY: Get me that. This, that. Married to a farmer. Probably a Catholic. ALJIN: You don’t fully open your mouth to enunciate. HARRY: Do you know the Greek call us XXX? JING-XUAN: What do we call Greek people? HARRY: XXX. XXX. XXX. GARETH: [Pause.] The ‘gook’ word. But not in relation to me but they were talking about someone, and I think it was something that... it was... um… yeah... talking about... “At least she was hot.” Like something, that I was like “Man that is fucking offensive, this is bullshit.” First of all they’re using the ‘g’ word, you know, which is completely shit and then also, like, talking about how someone’s hot is just so wrong to me. Yeah it was fucked... but there were nine of them. [Laughs.] So I could have approached them and said that “You shouldn’t use that word.” Maybe I would have done that if circumstances had been different. But I’ve been bashed before and stuff... so, like, I... you know, like, you have to be smart. So I was just like... well the one thing that I can’t do is just to be like “Yep that’s okay” and let them feel that that’s acceptable behaviour. So I guess I just let them have my presence be known physically, as in kind of standing quite visibly and glaring at them [clears his throat]. And waiting ‘til... and one person in particular would make eye contact and then look away. Which... that made me feel good because it’s like “Well you’ve seen me, you know why I’m glaring at you and you’re the one to look away... it’s like you... yeah you’ve...” and it kind of stopped that kind of stuff, and I did it with a few of them. [Laughs.] Um... and I guess that made me feel... I guess... I don’t know... I guess I didn’t think to myself “I feel manly in this situation”... I felt... I guess, strong or assertive. TEN HARRY: Scene ten. ALJIN: Two men. [About HARRY.] He’s Vietnamese. [About himself.] He’s half Thai. Straight. Gay. 12

HARRY: [Pause.] Am I the gay? ALJIN: You’re the straight one. HARRY: I’m saying “We’re not very manly”? ALJIN: [Pause.] He’s not very manly. We’re not traditionally or conventionally masculine. HARRY: [Reluctantly going on.] We’re not physically strong. We feel emotional. We’re wimps. Maybe? [Laughs.] I was discussing with someone, a queer guy, a friend of a friend, about how to be Asian and male is quite attractive, popular with white gays – ALJIN: Yeah my brother Tham, he has a lot of Thai friends that live in Sydney, a lot of them are gay and they all have white partners. HARRY: Because we’re slighter. Not as, you know, as bigger built. Finer features. We’re the tallest in our families but in society we’re not tall guys. ALJIN: It’s our cheekbones. It’s got to be that. HARRY: We’re down the bottom of the ladder. ALJIN: Maybe that’s why I’m more attracted to Western men. HARRY: Because of their big muscles. ALJIN: I like blonde men, I like that they’re the opposite of me. Although, I’ve never really been in a relationship. I always feel sort of like on edge at gay clubs or bars. But I like strong eyebrows... HARRY: And beards? Look. This is our natural facial hair, we haven’t shaved in months. But this looks like, I don’t know, a white teenager, a white 13-year-old just letting it go trying to be bad ass. We can’t grow hair here. ALJIN: We do kind of own where we’re coming from and we do try to possess a sort of style or a swagger, some sort of confidence. HARRY: [Pause.] That’s it. ALJIN: Yes. ELEVEN NICOLE: I’m not attracted to Asians. They’re too – JING-XUAN: Feminine. NICOLE: Feminine. HAIHA: I’ve never met an Asian man that’s had really progressive values. JING-XUAN: There’s this foggy memory of... there was this cool Asian guy in... in... maybe it was even in St Jeromes, in the bar. He was total, like, inner city hipster. 13

HAIHA: Hot. JING-XUAN: Tatted up. And he just... he was too cool for school. The cool Asian guys... they date white chicks. So no I haven’t really been into Asian guys. NICOLE: Half of the women said that. HAIHA: More than half. JING-XUAN: Vietnamese, Filipino, Chinese. NICOLE: White guys: they’re not like our brother. JING-XUAN: They’re not like our father. White guys have our sense of humour. HARRY: Not every Asian girl likes white guys. She’s Filipino. She’s female. 24. Employed. Independent. Single. [Pause.] I would like to say that I’ve always been attracted to Asian guys. That’s just the way that I’ve been. I was attracted to the fact that my partner’s culture and his values are familiar, similar. JING-XUAN: But white guys are so... HAIHA: Hot. JING-XUAN: So hot. So tall. NICOLE: But if the white guy’s opening line is: ALJIN: “I only date Asian girls, where are you from?” JING-XUAN: We go “You’re a fucking wanker.” HAIHA: We were born here dickhead. TWELVE HAIHA: Two sisters. One’s 23. The other’s 27. They work in office jobs. JING-XUAN: You can tell a yellow fever guy by the way their eyes light up [laughs] when they see an Asian girl. It’s freaky. HAIHA: But I get lots of older guys at my work. I don’t even look at them, I’m like – JING-XUAN: I used to get it a lot at, like, tafe. And you can see like... you... you know, you go into a class and then have the normal white guys who are just like “Hey” whatever, then you have the white guys who like Asians ‘cause they just gravitate to you. And once they realise I have an Aussie accent they’re kind of like... you know... HAIHA: It’s disgusting. JING-XUAN: This one guy at tafe, he was in my business development classes, he sees my friend Van and I, and he’s with his mates and stuff and he just gravitates to our table and sits with us and starts chatting up... chatting to us. [Pause.] Nicole. 14

NICOLE: [Pause. Aping.] “So how long have you guys been here for?’ HAIHA: You get yellow fevers in the club. JING-XUAN: And ‘cause we go to the clubs where all the Asians go, you have these select white guys. And you know they’re there because of Asians. HAIHA: We did have one at David Jones. Because he actually moved to Japan. He tried to pick me up. NICOLE: “What do you do for fun?” HAIHA: And I don’t even know him and I’m like “What the fuck?’ And all my friends are like... all the people at work are like “He thinks you’re pretty” and like “Does he have yellow fever?” NICOLE: “All my ex-girlfriends are Asian.” HAIHA: And I’m like “Ew.” THIRTEEN ALJIN: Visual artist. He’s Eurasian. [Pause.] I liked them all [laughs] but Asian girls liked Asian boys. Like my high school was 70% Asian. And the Asian girls who went there were really dorky or, like, gangster girlfriends. We called them Skyline bitches. [Laughs.] Chicks who dug Skylines. Or otherwise Asian girls dug white boys. But not necessarily Muslim boys. And Muslim girls you tended not to go near anyway because of the dangers of what people... not what people think. But, um, that’s not really what was done. Like, you don’t have a crack at a Muslim girl – HARRY: Unless you plan on marrying them. ALJIN: And there weren’t that many around so, I don’t know, I did feel that insecurity a lot in high school. Especially... and even now still to a point. And in regards to sexuality, like, I’ve often joked around, I’ve got... this is going to sound completely racist... but I’ve got... I’m about as attractive to a white person as an Aboriginal or an Indian. [Laughs.] Which is... [Laughs.] Okay I’m joking around. FOURTEEN JING-XUAN: They’re screaming, they’re crying, I’m on the computer, mum runs in:


HAIHA: [With an Asian accent.] “I don’t know what to do, I don’t know, I can’t deal with it any more. I don’t want him to be with your sister. I don’t want your sister to be with a black boy. I don’t want my grandchildren to be black.” JING-XUAN: I defend her, she’s so happy with him. I turn to mum, I’m so cold to her. “Mum what do you expect? We live in Australia, what are you going to do about it if she loves him?” After two days, Mum calms down. HAIHA: [With an Asian accent.] “Tell your sister to bring him home. I want to meet Stan, I want to meet this man she date”. JING-XUAN: It takes dad a lot longer. Dad doesn’t understand: NICOLE: [With an Asian accent.] “How I suppose to know what he’s like, I don’t know his family”. JING-XUAN: [Pause.] She’s 24. [Pause.] Poor Stan. NICOLE: Get over it. Asian parents are racist. HARRY: Everyone is racist, Jing, when it comes to who we’d sleep with. You wouldn’t sleep with a black guy. JING-XUAN: [Pause.] I have. An Eritrean man. I met him in Hong Kong. ALJIN: What was an Eriteran guy doing in Hong Kong? JING-XUAN: He wasn’t a refugee. He was auditioning for The Little Mermaid too. HARRY: They’re putting black guys into Hong Kong Broadway? NICOLE: Jing’s got jungle fever. You little fox. JING-XUAN: You always make things sleazy. You’re worse than the boys. [Gesturing.] You’d objectify this chair if you could. NICOLE: Sorry. [Joking.] I just thought that you were a virgin. JING-XUAN: You’re a sleaze. NICOLE: I’m a nun right now. JING-XUAN: Have sex. Get it out of your system and you won’t be such a sleaze. HARRY: [Laughing.] Go Jing. FIFTEEN NICOLE: I’m not big on breasts [laughs]. Don’t get me wrong, I like titties, but um, when I see a girl I, obviously face, it’s the first thing you look at. And then I look down at the ass, if the ass checks up, back at the face...


HARRY: Apart from the obvious, I’m a leg guy. I’m a face guy. So first and foremost, face. Legs and then ass. NICOLE: A good ass to me is... I’d say ... I like girls with, I guess, small statures like, you know, but with a frame too like curves, so a small waist, a bit of a bedonkadonk. HARRY: Bedonkadonk. It’s a term from a song. Kanye, Kanye west says it a lot. NICOLE: I like um... Middle Eastern girls and um, one girlfriend was actually Bengali. From Bangladesh. Yeah so she was Indian looking. Um, look for one night stands whatever, any girl will do [laughs]. You know what I mean? I’ve never... to be honest I haven’t had a one-night stand for a while. I have been with my girlfriend for two years. To be honest I... I think I got phone numbers and dates a lot more than I got sex back when I was playing around. Um... Yeah I just kind of aimed more for that, unconsciously I did kind of want to find a girlfriend. ALJIN: Worst and best. HARRY: Worst and best, oh um... okay with the worst I have... Number 2: ah, this girl, is actually quite attractive, she’s Aussie, blonde, and I’m showing her my best moves, I’m doing everything I can but because she’s so impressed by it, all my best moves, that she finishes early. Even though I want to finish last, sometimes I still take forever, to the point where she’s getting bored and she’s like telling me to “Hurry up”. And is, like, looking at her watch. GARETH: She’s literally looking at her watch? HARRY: [Laughs.] She’s not but she’s not really impressed anymore, it becomes like a chore for her. I’m like “Fucking help me bitch! This is not helping!” [Laughs.] Ahhhh god it’s so bad. So um... and my Number 1 worst sex is, with any girl that I am with, is onegina. GARETH: ‘One-gina’? HARRY: Onegina. It’s a disease where you are stuck to the one girl. When you’re in a relationship. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still, it’s it’s... great when you have feelings and you’re in love, and it’s making love and you are fucking any time you want and it’s on tap and you have access to each other. However, the problem with that is especially when you move in together, is it gets a little bit boring. To the point when I rarely actually finished. And she always did. But yeah, I’m not saying that she’s bad. It’s just the fact that you know this move, I know that move, fucking twiddle this, twiddle that, getting AM, FM radio, trying to get some good reception, boom, she loves it, boom,


finishes. And she’s like “Okay, your turn now” And I’m like “It’s alright. I’ll just go watch cartoons...” It’s like that. ALJIN: [Pause.] They’re male. 31. 31. NICOLE: [About herself.] He’s Burmese. In IT. HARRY: [About himself.] Filipino. Customer service rep. ALJIN: Single. Relationship. HAIHA: [Pause.] Do we – do you think it’s necessary that... I mean, do we literally have to say ‘Burmese’ and ‘Filipino’? It’s like, sorry, is this is a briefing sheet, or a script? It’s not like we’re actually casting these people and need to see what they look like, it’s not... so it’s sort of over-stated to go ‘Burmese’, ‘Filipino’. We get it. You’re Asian. HARRY: They’re ‘Burmese’ and ‘Filipino’. HAIHA: I’m not ‘Vietnamese’. HARRY: You are. HAIHA: I’m just, I’m not... I’m, well, okay, so this sounds wanky – and in no way, yeah, am I saying I’m ashamed to be what I am – but I’m more than just ‘insert ethnicity’. HARRY: You’re one of those Asian-hating Asians. You’re like, mentality-ly... you know, in the mentality you see yourself as full Aussie. [About the interviewees.] These guys – if we say nothing about their ethnicity then they just become two white jocks. But they’re not. That’s the truth. And it’s fucking... yeah, it’s so hilarious and, you know what? I love these guys. I love them. They’re not white. HAIHA: [Seeing GARETH laughing.] It’s not funny. GARETH: Sorry. Jesus. Harry’s just... NICOLE: An ape. GARETH: Very entertaining at times. I think it helps the mood of the play. HAIHA: It helps the mood that Harry’s a chauvinist and a racist? HARRY: Sure. Call me that, Hai Ha. Call me your – your, like, insults. Oh, it’s so tough. Hai Ha doesn’t like labels but she likes Harry to have labels. Sure. But the prudes, the women, feminisims out there, yeah, they might sit there and hate on these guys but I love them. They are exactly... yeah, because they’re ‘Burmese’ and the other one is ‘Filipino’. You are Hai Ha Le. 29. Vietnamese. Actor. Female. Deal with it. [And in Cantonese.] You are Hai Ha Le. 29. Vietnamese. Actor. Female. SIXTEEN


Flickering of mothers. HAIHA: [Pause.] Hi. Hi. Hai. Ha. Ha ha ha. My name is Hai Ha. I went to high school with a girl called Tam Pong and she was incredibly, like, very dorky and good at maths and played the violin and played piano – yes, she ticked all those boxes. I was friends with Tam Pong. Was. I was. Then puberty happened and I got a boyfriend, he was about 10 years older than me. Tam Pong disapproved, we had this huge teenage girl sobbing fight about it and it turns out she was right because he was psycho. He was Asian too, by the way. My first Asian lover. My second one... well, he was – not a psycho, but a nice guy. A nice guy. A mistake too. My partner now is white and he’s great. Ok. So. So. Yeah. Yeah. Tam Pong. Tam Pong’s name makes me think about tampons. Vagina plugs. Is it... it’s racist, right? [Pause.] I saw her in LA. I didn’t know she was in the industry but she’s over there working for a casting agency, not for any particular one that I had anything to do with. But all the ex-pat Aussies hang out at the same bars and I see Tam Pong one night, that’s how we run into each other. She’s grown-up, far from dorky, like, she’s morphed into, like, some guy’s trophy wife and she’s changed her name to Samantha. She’s got an American accent too. “Have you met Halle?” she says. I remind her of Halle Berry. I don’t know how it comes up, but it does. It’s awkward chit chat. Chit. Chat. Chat. She’s doing really well. And, well, I did ok, I got a role. I haven’t told many people but I got a role in this pilot, like, this updated version of Friends, but set in Seattle, and I was playing the Jennifer Aniston-esque one. Nowhere in script does this character have to be Asian. Which is great. Samantha’s happy for me, she starts to cry, and then she’s apologising for when we were teenagers and how she disapproved of my older lover because she was so uptight back then. She keeps using the word ‘uptight’, ‘really uptight’ and my mind makes the mental connection it used to do. Tam Pong. Vagina. Tight. Tight Vagina. God, like, she changed her name. She had to. She’s not ‘Tam Pong’, she’s ‘Samantha’. Actually, that’s quite sad. My character’s name in this pilot is Terri Livingstone. Like, my character was born Terri Livingstone, she’s 29 too, born in Seattle, a waitress, ‘American’, and that’s it. SEVENTEEN On break. ALJIN and HARRY are hugging.


ALJIN: Harry. Close your eyes. ALJIN and HARRY close their eyes. ALJIN: Moths are sexual beings. Do you know that? They force themselves to be celibate otherwise they’d just spend their days having sex. HARRY: Like Nicole. ALJIN: [Pause.] You should lay off her. HARRY: Why? ALJIN: It’s childish. And it gets you too worked up. HARRY: [Pause.] I know. [Pause.] This is nice. Touching is nice. ALJIN: Moths have thousands of little mouths. Thousands of little tongues. HARRY: Do they have lips? ALJIN: Just tongues. HARRY: You can’t kiss without lips. ALJIN: Thousands of little tongues they don’t always use. HARRY: [Pause.] My wife’s getting into this stuff. ALJIN: Lettie’s getting into moths? HARRY: Hugging. And a lot of yoga. It all starts with yoga. HARRY starts to cry. Gently. ALJIN: Harry, it’s ok. HARRY: Is it? ALJIN: Sometimes people cry when they stop and are completely still. HARRY: Alj, it’s Lettie. ALJIN: What about her? HARRY: She’s not Chinese. ALJIN: She’s not. HARRY: She’s mainly got Scottish blood. ALJIN: She does. HARRY: I imagined on my wedding day being with a Chinese girl, Vietnamese maybe, but when I sang You are my sunshine to Lettie, and to see her beautiful face, man, I never been so happy. And everyone around us, it was... it was such a beautiful day. 20

ALJIN: Then it doesn’t matter what she is or where her family has come from. HARRY: I know that, I mean, I’m the one who married her. ALJIN: She is what she is, you are what you are. And you’re now bureaucratically united as a one legal unit that the state recognises. HARRY: You’re fucking weird. ALJIN: You’re sounding better. Feeling better, Harry? HARRY: I was so pumped about doing this play. But where’s all the important stuff we need to be saying in this script? ALJIN: It’s here. Hold my hand. It’s right here, Harry. HARRY: Can’t you talk to Michele and get her to re-write scenes? I’ll come with you. I don’t know which bits exactly but when we read it through again, I can write down notes. ALJIN: Harry, Michele and I have broken up. HARRY: What? ALJIN: She ended it. HARRY: Dude, are you... ok? ALJIN: No. I’m in the zombie shell-shocked stage. I’m waiting for the stage of “Fuck her for sleeping with an Asian guy for research”. And then the “I forgive that, I can’t live without you” stage. But I’m here, doing her play, as contractually stipulated. EIGHTEEN JING-XUAN: The women, the dancers, strippers – they’re strippers, they float around the bar. (Pause.) 29. She’s female. Bar-tender. NICOLE: We’re on break. ALJIN: Scene eighteen. NICOLE: Everyone’s so officious. And private. ALJIN: I’m not. But ask me anything you want later. JING-XUAN: Don’t you want to hear about strippers now? Asians working in a strip club? NICOLE: I’ve been to strip clubs. So what? JING-XUAN: (Pause.) This girl, she’s still living at home with her mum and dad. So, after a shift, she goes home. It’s 6:30 am. NICOLE: I’m not listening.


JING-XUAN: And she comes home from her bar-tending job at the strip club. And her dad’s sitting out there. On the front stoop. He’s doing that thing that Asian dads do, you know? Like, condemn you with their silence. He’s just staring at her. GARETH: “I’ve lost face, my daughter is losing face for me.” JING-XUAN: It’s 6.30am. GARETH: “Where have you been?” JING-XUAN: The dad, right, he’s sitting out on the steps, smoking. He asks her where she bartends specifically. She’s like: HAIHA: “Oh. He knows. Because why would he ask me that?” JING-XUAN: So, after years, for the first time, she tells him where she works. HAIHA: “Dad, it’s Goldfingers”. JING-XUAN: He goes: GARETH: “Does mum know where you work?” HAIHA: “Yes”. JING-XUAN: So that’s the Friday night. Then on Saturday she avoids him and she goes to work, in the strip bar. She’s saving money, she works all week at her office job and does this Goldfingers job on the weekend for extra money. She says: HAIHA: “I want to speak about love. I want to tell you about love because I can speak easily about lust and what makes the men around here hard, it isn’t much, their brains go into robot-mode and it’s a one-button process to activate them.” JING-XUAN: I am the guy, with a girlfriend he loves, who’s never come in here before but he’s become curious, and he’s almost 30, so he’s here, slinking in to sit by the stage and stare up at the girls. I am the guy about to get married next week and I am in love with the boys, thank fuck for my fucking boys. I am in love with my boys, these bloody useless dickheads, who’ve come good today and loved me all night, all day, and they’ll love me so much when it’s time to go home and it’s time to get married to a woman I love. I am the guy who was in love once, many years ago. And now I am single, you’d call me a widower, and I work a lot, I work around on William Street. I am a judge, and I am in love with the girl on the stage. I am in love with strangers. I leave money, on the stage, at her feet. I am the guy who’s about to star in an Australian film about the Melbourne sex industry. About illegal sex workers. I’m standing here, with my gut filled with love for my mother, for my sisters, I am forcing myself to memorise the details because I am in love with giving a good performance. I am here as an actor, a sponge – 22

NICOLE: That’s Gareth’s story. GARETH: What? NICOLE: [To GARETH.] You were in The Jammed. I saw that on your IMDB page, it’s set in Melbourne, it’s about sex workers. HARRY: I loved you in The Jammed / man. When did you film that... yeah, it was in Melbourne? GARETH: Straight out of drama school. HARRY: You were solid. NICOLE: Emma Lung’s in that. HAIHA: She was one of the sex workers. HARRY: Yuck. Not into Eurasians. Half-breeds. HAIHA: They’re not ‘half breeds’. HARRY: They’re not full-breed. NICOLE: [To GARETH.] ‘Lai’. That was your character’s name. HAIHA: Lai was the boy who drove the sex slaves around. He was, like, their prison warden. GARETH: Yeah. HARRY: Full-on, dude. GARETH: Yeah. HARRY: Why’d you go to Goldfingers? Are there sex slaves there? GARETH: I’m not sure. HARRY: Why’d you go there? GARETH: I didn’t. ALJIN: Michele was paraphrasing that story. HAIHA: He went to visit a brothel. That’s Gareth’s sordid secret. GARETH: I told you that? HAIHA: Yes. You went with Veronica. ALJIN: She’s always paraphrasing. GARETH: The script for The Jammed’s based on court transcripts from... the case where the girls are actually being held in the Clifton Hotel in Kew. And the Clifton Hotel had – it did have – a bad reputation because they had topless girls before but I think when these girls were being held there they didn’t have topless dancers there. It was such a shock to hear that these girls – I remember reading the paper at the time – girls being discovered being kept against their will in the Clifton Hotel. And then being transported to a brothel in... two brothels in South Melbourne. And in Fitzroy. And as part of my 23

research, I actually visited a brothel, one of the brothels that was in question. I went in pretending to be a client and these girls... this guy... a guy came out and said “I’ll show you the girls” and these girls came out and they were all Asian. HAIHA: You went into the brothel? GARETH: Yeah. HAIHA: Into the brothel. No, you told me you stayed in the car. You said... no, you told me, you said you went with Veronica to do research because she was, like, nervous and so she took you along and then you stayed in the car, because you couldn’t face going in, but she went into the brothel. GARETH: I did stay in the car the first time. It was... yeah. I felt sleazy. The second time I didn’t... I didn’t feel... HAIHA: You didn’t tell me you went a second time. GARETH: I’m telling you now. HAIHA: You went the same night? GARETH: Another night. HAIHA: By yourself? GARETH: Yes. HAIHA: You went in. GARETH: That’s what I’m saying, isn’t it? HAIHA: Why’d you go back a second time? GARETH: I can’t remember now. I just... I don’t know. I was... it was new to me, doing films, this topic, so I wanted to do research and, yes, I was in the car the first time so I wanted to see more the second time, get out of the car... And go in there. HAIHA: This is a different story now. GARETH: Is it? Well. Ok. It was a long time ago. I can’t remember every conversation we’ve had. It was a long time ago that we were speaking, at all, I’m getting old. I’m forgetting things. HAIHA: You do forget. GARETH: You’re not exactly perfect with details yourself. HAIHA: You want to bring something up? HARRY: What the fuck’s happening? HAIHA: Nothing’s ‘the fuck happening’, Harry. Mind your own business. HARRY: Why are you guys having a domestic over whether Gareth went into a brothel?


HAIHA: [To GARETH.] Why are we having a domestic, Gareth? You went in there and then what’d you do? NICOLE: All the girls came out... HARRY: [About GARETH.] And then you obviously paid to have sex with one of these girls, right, dude? [Pause.] Actually, dude, that’s pretty fucked. GARETH: I’m not sure why / I’m having this conversation. HAIHA: It’s majorly fucked. You fucked a sex slave. HARRY: The Jammed’s about, like, being anti-against sex slavery and illegal Asian girls. Like fucking one of them, that doesn’t really make sense, man, in terms / of research. HAIHA: Did you claim it on your tax return? NICOLE: Hai Ha, come on, that’s pretty low. HAIHA: Did you, Gareth? I know you weren’t getting much work at the time, every deduction would have counted. HARRY: Actually, back it up, we don’t know if she was a slave. Maybe she spoke English, and she’s, like, you know, a uni student and she’s doing that job just to get by. ALJIN: Or possibly she might – my goodness! – might have been a woman who enjoys sex work and was amused by a nice guy like Gareth feeling guilty about purchasing sex. HAIHA: Are you feeling guilty, Gareth? NICOLE: Did you have sex with her? HAIHA: And was it one or a few of them? I mean, there were a few sex worker characters in The Jammed. You might have needed to try them all. JING-XUAN: Hey. We were paraphrasing... HAIHA: You were paraphrasing because you’ve worked at Goldfingers, on the floor, as a stripper, and you told Michele that you didn’t want anyone to know. JING-XUAN: Hai Ha. Fuck. Thanks for keeping it quiet. Fuck. NICOLE: [To JING-XUAN.] Are you serious? HARRY: Jing! Jesus! Awesome! Is that where you learnt to dance? JING-XUAN: I can – I’ll go back, I’ll start the scene again. I won’t set it / in Goldfingers. HAIHA: No Jing. Your love scene about strippers is what it is. GARETH: I never went to Goldfingers. ALJIN: The art of fucking paraphrasing. HAIHA: Just to a brothel. GARETH: For research. ALJIN: Fucking poetic effect. 25

HAIHA: So if you play a murderer, you’re going to go out and murder someone? HARRY: Actually, sometimes it might be necessary. HAIHA: Shut up, Harry. HARRY: What the fuck is up with you? You hate Asians, you hate sex, you hate this, you hate that. God! You hate everything! HAIHA: I do not hate sex. I love everything about sex. HARRY: Well, that’s bullshit because you obviously don’t like men going to prostitutes. HAIHA: I love men going to prostitutes, yep, and I love prostitutes. Oldest profession in the world etc etc. But when I get cast as a sex slave Asian, again, yet again, like, I don’t rush out and fuck a guy for cash because I ‘have’ to do real-life research for my character and her three lines of broken English, I don’t have to, I just imagine, and I don’t lie to people about what I did. I don’t lie to people. HARRY: Why are you even doing this play? Why is anyone here doing this play? All you guys do is go off topic and no-one’s actually standing up and just talking honestly about what it’s like... yeah, the guts of this, the real story, to be an Asian in this country. NICOLE: Harry, you fucking hypocrite, if you’re so Asian, then why are you going to have half-breed children one day? HARRY: [Injured.] I know. HAIHA: [To NICOLE.] You’re a hypocrite too. [To JING-XUAN.] And you. NICOLE: What the fuck? JING-XUAN: Excuse me? HAIHA: This girl Gareth... doesn’t that make you sick? It makes me... I mean, Gareth’s got two sisters. I’ve got sisters. But here you are, saying nothing. Nicole’s probably getting off, / Jing’s... NICOLE: Fuck you, Hai Ha. HAIHA: Jing’s... I don’t know. JING-XUAN: I’m stripping. My tits are out. My vagina is out. HAIHA: I’ve got nothing against that. NICOLE: Bullshit. Don’t put your fucking baggage on us. GARETH: I went in... HAIHA: A second time. ALJIN: Thanks Michele. Great paraphrasing. NINETEEN 26

Stillness. ALJIN: A man. [Pause.] My sister wants to open a brothel. Yeah. It’s... yeah it’s very profitable. Just say you have 10 girls and... you have 10 girls and... you take $100 bucks from each girl every hour. And you service... the girls service clients from 10pm to 6am in the morning. That’s what? Eight hours. I don’t know. I. Don’t. Know. Dot dot dot. Pause. Fuck it. Fuck you. Fuck you and your fucking play. Fuck you for saying “Hey Alj, so nice to work with you on my ABC radio play, you were so great, can I interview you for this Moths thing I‘m doing. It’s so Asian, you’re Asian! Can you come over? Can I show you these moth pictures? Look at these moths, look at their tongues, look at them up close, look at them fucking, reproducing, one big constant fuck-fest. Moths! Aren’t they so liberated, Aljin? Can you take your clothes off, Aljin? I’ve never seen a naked Asian male. Can you teach me, liberate me? Can you love me?” Fuck you. TWENTY The moths are starting to flitter in. GARETH: Another man. Thailand. Last year. [Pause.] The photographer who was with us he was like “Do you wanna go get a massage?” and I’m like [pause] “Yep.” And he takes me to this place where there are no foreigners. There’s a really flash restaurant but just at the end there’s something... like this seating with girls. And the guy goes up and picks one. The one at the back’s not looking, is she... gonna come over? She’s very independent and makes lots of jokes and speaks a bit of English. Like... I don’t feel at all like there’s any exploitation but I don’t know what’s going on really, I’m... you’re having a few drinks and you’re kind of a bit happy and they’re there giving you shit. But it’s obviously a constructed sort of thing, looking back. The other guys are more like Japanese business men, like rich middle aged Thai guys and Chinese like students but with a bit of money, like one Japanese guy picks seven girls [noise of disbelief]. But um, like, I kind of pick one that looks most like an art chick [laughs]. We go up into a lift, into a big flash room with a spa and shit. It’s... pretty funny actually, we make jokes the whole time. I hope it’s funny for her. It seems kind of equal. It doesn’t feel like... And I’m having sex with her like I have sex with like someone I’m having sex 27

with the first time, doing the... doing the moves, doing the things that you do on the first time. And then the amount you pay is like... like what someone could make in a couple of weeks. It’s not... it’s not a cheap place in Thailand, like it’s equitable to what I imagine it is here.

TWENTY ONE A low grumble, a roar. The sound of the moths nearing. GARETH: You moths! You aliens! You! You wanted to come here for a while! You didn’t want to stay home. Maybe come here a week. Maybe a year. Maybe even longer. Go on and say something to me! What have you done to your eyes? Your fuck-off eyes. Your defiant, beautiful eyes. You’re coming. GARETH freaks out and collapses. GARETH: I’m puffed. HARRY: Huff. Huff. Half. Half. HAIHA: L L L Lai. Lie. Lai. L L L L Lie. JING-XUAN: Look at this stuff. Isn’t it... GARETH: I’m old. JING-XUAN: Hot... Wouldn’t you think my collections so sweet? Wouldn’t you think I’m a girl, a girl who fucks anything... NICOLE: [To GARETH.] Oi. Gareth. Oi, Michele said to me – GARETH: My eyes are sore. My fuck off – NICOLE: That you have a fetish for moths, actual moths, Gareth. HAIHA: [To GARETH.] Want a drink? Gareth? You want me? You want me to get it? ALJIN: Moths are highly sexual. NICOLE: Gareth? Oi. ALJIN: The bogong moth is transient. Frivolous. Man-hunting. HARRY: Half-breed. Half-breed. Ha-ppy. ALJIN: There’s a real tension for her. 28

HARRY: Halfie. Halfie. Halve. Have. Heart. Heart. Have a heart. Hap-py heart-y. NICOLE: You’re alright, Gareth. You. Are. Alright. HARRY: We have a heart. Motherfuckers, we have a heart! ALJIN: You see the bogong moths in the city, sitting at cafes with their fucking laptops writing plays, researching. Their fat bodies and their brown wings, like tree bark. GARETH: Are you fucking with me? NICOLE: Nah, buddy, dude, bro. Bro! Oi! HAIHA: I I I... NICOLE: You do research, Gareth. And I was like, fuck yeah, I wanna do this play with a pro like Gareth Yuen. GARETH: I did research... NICOLE: Yeah yeah yeah. Nice. You went inside, Gareth. GARETH: I didn’t. I didn’t mean... ALJIN: The bogong moth, she migrates down from Canberra, she was born in Canberra, 1980, she’s Hmong, playwright, she migrates, for six months, to breed for six months. She can’t breed up there, she doesn’t want to. There, she’s not into it. Up there, before she migrates, millions of bogong moths, they’re not into sex for the six months, so they ‘aestivate’. Down here, they just fuck. JING-XUAN: I’ve got g-strings and high heels a-plenty... HAIHA: I. Am. I...I I I. Am. A Girl. Asian. Girl. JING-XUAN: I’ve got a hot hair-free pussy galore... ALJIN: They just fuck you up. Moths. Look. They’re coming. And now the moths arrive. All shades. Now the stage fills with a hundred more people, a big orgy, writhing bodies, appendages, swollen, fattened, clinging, shades of yellow, brown and black. ALJIN is building up to an orgasm. JING-XUAN: You want a lap-dance, I’ve got twenty... HARRY: You are my sunshine. JING-XUAN: But who cares... HARRY: My only sunshine. ALJIN: Moths... ALJIN comes. 29

HARRY: [Still in tune.] I love you hap-py, love love love love. The moths have gone. HARRY: Woah. ALJIN: We stay. We bow. We break. Fuck. TWENTY TWO Everyone gets up, stretching. Recovering. JING-XUAN starts humming. Everyone starts to put away the chairs and clean up the room, putting away scripts, putting belongings away. General chit chat about what people are doing tonight. Time passes. Everyone leaves, except for NICOLE and GARETH, who are still recovering. NICOLE: Ow. GARETH: You ok? NICOLE: Sort of. GARETH: [Pause.] Are you going to head out for a drink tonight? NICOLE: Maybe. Actually, no, I’ll just go home. I’m doing pretty well at this celibacy thing. GARETH: You want a lift home then? NICOLE: I’m in the other direction. Ages away. So I can tram it. GARETH: It’s ok, I’m one of those people that will get up at 5am and drive people to the airport so that they don’t have to catch a taxi or they don’t have to get the Skybus. NICOLE: [Pause.] I’ve got some wine at my place. GARETH: What? NICOLE: Wine. Do you drink red wine? GARETH: No, I don’t drink anything alcoholic actually. NICOLE: You can come inside for a cup of tea. GARETH: I’ve got a shoot before our rehearsal tomorrow. My agent just told me earlier today. It’s just a small role but I don’t want to turn down work before I go back to LA. I don’t want to be groggy on the shoot, or at our rehearsals. 30

NICOLE: You don’t have to be polite, Gareth. You can just tell me you’re uninterested. GARETH: [Pause.] I didn’t say I was uninterested. NICOLE: You don’t have to be a gentleman. GARETH: [Pause.] If you want a lift, my car’s a few blocks away. NICOLE: You’re going to drop me off and just drive home? GARETH: You don’t have to make me a conquest. NICOLE: Gareth, I said come inside for a cup of tea. GARETH: [Pause.] We should kiss at least. NICOLE: A kissing scene. [Pause.] Yes. We should kiss at least. GARETH: Yeah. They kiss. The end.


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