A Play By
© 1987/2004 Allen Lyne
Noaralot was first produced by Backstairs Theatre Company, Port Noarlunga, South Australia, in August 1987.
Backstairs used a cast of fifteen young people in the production. Ages ranged from twelve to twenty. Cast list and possible doubling follows.
Backstairs used an up front style of acting which particularly suited this type of play. Nothing was hidden from the audience and all actors remained on stage for the duration of the play. They sat in a semi – circle and watched the action when not performing.
Costumes were made from plastic garbage bags (designer models!) for the Upmarket Silvertails and from Hessian bags for the Downmarket Deadbeats. All props were obviously props.
Noaralot has had productions in three states of Australia and has had a second production in Adelaide at Westminster College. Westminster added a musical score and produced the play as a musical.
Jo Councillor Jury Member
Sam Councillor Jury Member Rumble Judge
Carmen Mayor Jury Member
Rocky Councillor Jury Member
Barbarah Councillor Judge
Sarah Defence Attorney
Kevin Constable Noname
Fleur Councillor Jury Member Rumble Judge
Jody Clerk of the Court
SERGEANT SCHMERTZ AND CONSTABLE SOMEBODY ENTER. THEY MOVE FRONT CENTRE. SHMERTZ PEERS INTO THE AUDIENCE AND POINTS OUT VARIOUS PEOPLE TO SOMEBODY, WHO MAKES NOTES. SCHMERTZ BLOWS HIS POLICE WHISTLE AND ALL ACTORS EXPLODE ONSTAGE FROM VARIOUS DIRECTIONS. THERE IS A MINI RIOT, THEN THE DEADBEATS FORM UP STAGE LEFT AND THE SILVERTAILS STAGE RIGHT. THE NARRATOR STEPS FORWARD.
Narrator Once upon a time there was a town called Noaralot. In Noaralot there were two gangs. One gang was called the
Downmarket Deadbeats. The other gang was called the Upmarket Silvertails. The Upmarket Silvertails were
distinguished by having pieces of plastic. The Downmarket Deadbeats were distinguished by not having pieces of
plastic. The Downmarket Deadbeats were distinguished by other things as well... and so were the Upmarket Silvertails
Deadbeats (chant) NOARALOT NOARALOT'S A HELL OF A PLACE
YOU CAN HAVE A GOOD RAGE, GET OFF YOUR FACE
NOARALOT'S THE PLACE WHERE WE WANT TO BE
BEAUTIFUL NOARALOT DOWN BY THE SEA.
Clive Come on, let's show them Silvertails.
SILVERTAILS REPEAT CHANT
Narrator The Silvertails and Deadbeats controlled their own territory.
Deadbeats (roar) Keep away from our beach or you'll be dead, Silvertails.
Silvertails Rah rah rah we're the best by far. Keep away from our hills or you'll be dead, Deadbeats.
Narrator The leader of the Upmarket Silvertails was Clive.
CLIVE STEPS FORWARD AND STRIKES A POSES DURING THE FOLLOWING MONOLOGUE.
Narrator Clive was good looking, intelligent, rich and one day expected to be famous, like his daddy before him and his daddy's
daddy before that. Clive used a personal deodorant and had all his own teeth. He also had more plastic than any other
kid in town.
Clive Rally on me, chaps. Rally on me.
CLIVE LEADS THE SILVERTAILS OFF RIGHT. THEY SIT.
MICHELLE STRIKES POSES DURING THE FOLLOWING MONOLOGUE.
Narrator The leader of the Deadbeats was Michelle. She was good looking, intelligent, poor, and didn't expect to be famous. Just
like her mummy before her and her mummy's mummy before that. Michelle never used deodorant and couldn't afford
dentists. Michelle had no plastic and she was angry about it.
DEADBEATS REACT WITH SHOUTS AND POSTURING DURING THE FOLLOWING MONOLOGUE.
Michelle Brothers and sisters, it's time we had a say about this lack of plastic amongst us Deadbeats. There's enough plastic in
the world for everyone to have some. We have to convince the Silvertails to share their plastic with us. It's time to end
these stupid rumbles about plastic and territory. Let's meet with the Silvertails and offer them the use of our beach for the
use of their hills and a share of their plastic. What do you say?
Deadbeats Mutter mutter mutter.
Bruce That's not the way. We all know the Silvertails won't give us any of their plastic, and we don't want them on our
beaches. We've got to take what we want. Get rid of Michelle and make me boss and I'll lead you in the rumble to end
all rumbles! We'll wipe those Silvertails off the face of the earth.
Deadbeats Mutter mutter mutter.
Michelle Don't listen to him.
Bruce Kill the Silvertails.
Michelle No killing? We appeal to the Silvertails for fair play.
Bruce Fair play?
Michelle Listen to me Deadbeats. I'm leader and I say we stop rumbling the Silvertails. We've been rumbling for years and all
it's got us is lots of people hurt and nothing else. Follow me, Deadbeats and we talk to the Silvertails. Those of you who
want blood stay here with Bruce.
DEADBEATS FOLLOW MICHELLE OFF LEFT AND SIT.
BRUCE MOVES DOWNSTAGE CENTRE. HE ADDRESSES THE AUDIENCE.
Bruce Yeah? Well I've listened to bleeding hearts like Michelle long enough. She's brainy but she don't know nothing. I live
on the streets like most of the Deadbeats. Aint got no home, can't get no job, aint got no education, done time twice in
junior stir, but I'm smart enough to know we'll only get plastic if we fight. And we're gonna fight whether Michelle likes
it or not. She's brainy, that's why she's leader. But I'm wise. Streetwise. You watch what happens.
BRUCE MOVES RIGHT. MICHELLE ENTERS LEFT.
Michelle Bruce, it's time you and me…
Bruce Michelle, you're right.
Bruce We gotta make peace with the Silvertails.
Michelle This is kinda sudden.
Bruce We been rumblin' for years. We aint got nowhere.
Michelle Don't put me on, Bruce.
Bruce Fair dinkum. I'm seein' things your way.
Michelle All this time you been after blood.
Bruce Just lots of people gettin' hurt for nothin'.
Michelle Are you for real?
Bruce Trust me.
Michelle Come on!
Bruce You're leader. I'm willin' to try things your way.
Michelle No bull?
Bruce No bull.
Michelle Okay here's what we do. I work out a peace plan with the Silvertails.
Michelle I'll put down on paper exactly what we want.
Bruce Good one.
Michelle It'll take awhile to work out.
Bruce I'll look after the Deadbeats while you're away.
Michelle I'm real pleased you're seeing things my way, Bruce.
Bruce We all make mistakes, Michelle,
MICHELLE EXITS LEFT AND SITS.
BRUCE MOVES CENTRE-STAGE. HE ADDRESSES THE AUDIENCE.
Bruce Bleedin' heart.
DEADBEATS MINUS MICHELLE ENTER LEFT.
Jo Hey, Bruce. What we doin' tonight?
Bruce Same as always.
Sam What's that?
All Hangin' around.
Carmen Hey, there's the Silvertails.
Jo They're on our territory.
Bruce Let's get em.
Carmen Michelle said no rumbles.
Silvertails What are you waiting for...? Scared are you...?
Jo No rumbles Deadbeats.
Silvertails (chant) Deadbeats are scumbags... (repeat)
Bruce They reckon we're scumbags.
Sam Michelle said...
Bruce Stuff Michelle. No-one calls me a scumbag.
Toni We shouldn't…
Bruce I'm Gonna rumble. Are you with me or not?
RUMBLE. SIRENS. FLASHING LIGHTS. GANGS RETREAT. BLACKOUT. TWO COPPERS ENTER WITH TORCHES. THEY RUN
IN FLASHING TORCHES AROUND THE ACTING AREA AND INTO THE AUDIENCE. THEY COME FRONT CENTRE AND LIGHT
EACH OTHER'S FACES.
Constable S Where'd they go?
Constable N Err...I dunno.
Constable S They was here alright.
Constable N How can you tell?
Constable S Footprints in the sand and I heard some noises.
Constable N I heard noises too. Sounded like a rumble to me.
Constable S How come we never catch em?
Constable N Too quick, mate. Like that character in the Porsche, eh?
Constable S Err...Yeah.
COPPERS ACT OUT CHASE. OTHERS MAKE LIVE SOUND EFFECTS.
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