Rough Draft #52

17 Dec 2021

Richard Wherrett Studio, Roslyn Packer TheatreFree

Rough Draft = creative development² + a free public showing

ROUGH DRAFT # 52 – The Pretty Game

The next Rough Draft showing takes place on Friday 17 December at 6.30 pm in the Richard Wherrett Studio at Sydney Theatre Company. 


Rough Drafts are week-long workshops that give theatre makers the opportunity to develop a new work for the stage. 

Writers and directors are given access to a rehearsal space, a paid team of actors or creatives and dramaturgical support. They may use the week and resources to complete a first draft of a play or they may choose to develop a script that is already complete in draft form. 

At the end of the workshop week an audience is invited into the development process to have a sneak peek of a work in progress at the free public showing. These showings provide artists with a test audience and a platform to showcase their work to the industry. They also give audiences with an appetite for novelty access to the freshest playwriting. 


Starfruit and Fishbone are two otter-women who fish together, with Starfruit’s son Little Sun Bear. They spend their days looking towards the Green Island on the horizon, a place they have never been, but dream of escaping to. They dream of escaping their husband, the tyrannical man-crocodile, called Fire Teeth; a hunter and religious leader. They dream of escaping their addiction to eating the Jellyfish Flower, an intoxicating bloom that floats on the top of water. 

Starfruit and Wishbone’s only pleasure is a dangerous secret. They write poems to each other on palm leaves, under the threat of severe punishment. 

The Pretty Game is a rich allegorical tale about friendship, addiction, storytelling, magic, religion and oppression. In the earliest stages of development, author Omar Musa will use his week with STC to develop the concept and begin drafting scenes; a selection of which will be presented at this showing. 


Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian author, performer, artist and poet. He has released four hip hop records, three poetry books and performed at TEDx Sydney. His debut novel Here Come the Dogs was long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award and Miles Franklin Award and he was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelists of the Year in 2015. His one-man play, Since Ali Died, won Best Cabaret Show at the Sydney Theatre Awards in 2019. His new book of art and poetry, “Killernova”, comes out through Penguin Australia in November, 2021.

Visitor Safety Information

All performances will proceed at 100% capacity in line with NSW Government guidelines. 

All attendees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Vaccination status will be sighted at entry to the theatre on arrival as part of the Service NSW QR Check In process. All Sydney Theatre Company staff on site are subject to the same vaccination requirement. 

Face masks must be worn at all times. Face masks are mandatory, please bring and wear a well-fitted mask over your nose and mouth.

The requirements listed are part of a suite of comprehensive safety measures. The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving. Please check the most up-to-date Visitor Safety Measures prior to your visit. 

Sydney Theatre Company thanks the Girgensohn Foundation for their support of Australian Writing.