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Eating Ice Cream With Your Eyes Closed by David Brown


THEMES: Masculinity, Drinking Culture, Small Towns, Crime
Length: 2 Hours
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members

At a bus terminal in a country town in the middle of the night, three men are thrown together by circumstance.


At a bus terminal in a country town in the middle of the night, three men are thrown together by circumstance. Over one evening of drinking, teasing and fighting, they search for a common ground.

Set in a harsh landscape dominated by prejudice, isolation and cultural stereotypes, David Brown sets three characters adrift to find some sense of themselves and each other.

Funny, revealing and filled with an evasive sense of hope, Eating Ice Cream with Your Eyes Closed is a memorable insight into the reality of being a bloke in regional Australia.

Production History

First performed by the Queensland Theatre Company at the Cremorne Theatre in August 2004. Eating Ice Cream with Your Eyes Closed was shortlisted for the 2003 Patrick White Playwright’s Award and the 2004 Premiers Literary Awards.

ISBN 0908156839

Additional information

Weight 0.250 kg
Dimensions 21 × 15 × 0.5 cm


"Brown’s particular achievement in “Ice Cream” is his ability to articulate the challenges facing disadvantaged Australian men, be they teenagers from isolated towns, aborigines or second generation Aussies who bear the weight of their parents’ sacrifice."


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