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3 O'Clock, Flagpole by Steve Pirie


THEMES: Bullying, Speaking Out, Schoolyard Politics
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CAST SIZE: Large cast without doubling
SUITABLE FOR: Middle Years

After school… Fight! Fight! Fight! FIGHT!


Steve Pirie‘s new magical realism work, 3 O’Clock, Flagpole jumps into the quadrangle and pulls apart classroom politics and safety, in a world where students must figure it out on their own all while learning fun facts about the ocean.


It’s the first day of a new school year for Stella Bunt, and everything is changing. New rules, new teacher, new responsibilities. Stella and the rest of Year 10 Biology have a new class pet, Squish the octopus. Stella can’t explain why, but there’s just something about Squish that doesn’t feel right. But when Squish goes missing and a terrifying new kid arrives at school the very next day, Stella suspects they might be connected in some way… and she and the whole school could be in danger if she doesn’t find out how. To make things worse, this new kid has his eyes on Stella everywhere she goes.

Can Stella warn her friends in time of a coming disaster? Or will everyone find out why some mysteries of the ocean and its creatures are better left mysteries?


3 O’Clock, Flagpole was first programmed to be produced by La Boite Theatre Company in July 2020, however due to restrictions during the COVID-19 Global pandemic its season was cancelled. It was intended to be performed by La Boite’s Young Artist Company.

ISBN: 978 1 922424 04 4

Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 21 × 15 × 0.5 cm

Education Notes

3 O’Clock, Flagpole Education Notes

The education notes included in 3 O’Clock, Flagpole are designed to assist student understanding of the dramatic form, style and conventions employed in the play.

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