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Plays > Centre Caught (2002)

Two boys, Benjamin and David, meet clubbing, under the watchful eye of a tennis umpire, who scores their every move and mistake. Things go well until Benjamin says, "I love you", which is called "out" under the rules. David wins.

The two boys meet again, this time at a dinner organised by James (whom Benjamin is seeing) and Patricia (James' oldest friend). A game of a very different kind ensues, skilfully manipulated by Patricia (doubling with the Umpire from Act One). David plays like a champion, but cannot win Benjamin until he stops playing. With the games aside, the two boys finally have a shot at the real game.

3M, 1F
2 Acts, 75 mins approx

The script of Centre Caught is available from the Australian Script Centre (

Completed 2002. Currently unproduced.

Act One was presented as a workshop production at NIDA in August 2004, directed by Andrew Davidson

Short listed for the 2004 Rodney Seaborn Playwright's Award.

Short listed for Play Lab at the 12th Annual Edward Albee Last Frontier Theatre Conference (2004), in Valdez, Alaska, USA.

Act One of the play was short-listed by Peta Murray for the 2003 Glen Eira Council’s literary award for a short play.  

Profiled in the Australian Script Centre’s Collection Number 6 (2006).

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