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Bus Town / Desiree Din and The Red Forest by Maxine Mellor and Lachlan Philpott



THEMES: Consumerism, Contemporary Society, Exclusion
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CAST SIZE: Large cast without doubling
SUITABLE FOR: Middle Years


THEMES: Divorce, family relationships
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 9 + Cast Members


This is a collection including Bus Town by Lachlan Philpott and Desiree Din and the Red Forest by Maxine Mellor.


Bus Town by Lachlan Philpott

Breathe in deep, can ya smell it? Smell of bus seats. Vinyl and sweat. Nothing nowhere beats that. See the yellow bus? That’s where we was born. Bustown. A junked paradise of worn tyres and scrap metal, far away from the land of Otherness.

Enjoying the safety of their junkyard town, the people of Bustown happily wait for The Driver to return. But Axel and Cressida can’t stop thinking about Otherness. With a chain of keys in close reach, how long will they continue to wait?

Desiree Din by Maxine Mellor

Desiree Din feels like a powerless little girl. Sick of hearing she’s too young to understand, she fights with her mother and battles her brother and sister. But one day, Desiree goes too far …

After an explosive fight with her family, they leave Desiree home alone. Out of her frustration, she creates the illusory Red Forest, a magical world full of strange creatures who need her help. In this world of her own, Desiree is finally powerful, but is being in charge really as simple as she thought?

Written by one of Australia’s most imaginative young playwrights, Desiree Din and the Red Forest reminds us what it’s like to be young and powerless in a rapidly changing world.

Production History

Bustown was first performed in full by the Australian Theatre for Young People, in 2009.

Desiree Din and the Red Forest was commissioned and first produced by Australian Theatre For Young People in Sydney 2010.

ISBN: 978 1 921390 08 1

Additional information

Weight 0.250 kg
Dimensions 21 × 15 × 0.5 cm


"A wondrous parallel universe."

Inner West Independent

"The rich overlapping of the real and fantasy worlds of Desiree Din and The Red Forest captures the imagination."

Alternative Media Group

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