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A confessional play about a call centre worker who risks everything for the woman she loves.

This play is about Stephanie. 

Stephanie works the late shifts at Speedy Car Rental’s call centre. 

Her job is her life. 

Her friends are her work friends. 

She has a crush on the office cleaner. 

But people at work are starting to get sick. A lot of people.



Writer/Performer: May Jasper

Director: Dan Rice

Sound Designer: Adele McCarthy

Stage Manager: Teri Steer

Producer: Matthew Connell

Photography: Jak Scanlon

5 - 15 June, 2024

Explosives Factory
St Kilda

Written & Performed by May Jasper

‘A terrific show, poignant and sharply funny’

The Age

'Minimalist, gentle and unpretentious, Not a Very Good Story is a delight to watch.’

Maggie Journal

'5 stars out of 5’

Adelaide Theatre Review

'real, authentic and vulnerable.'

Theatre Press

Written and performed by May Jasper, Not A Very Good Story debuted at La Mama in 2013 and has been performed in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

  • Wednesday 5th June, 7:30pm (Preview)

  • Thursday 6th June, 7:30pm (Opening)

  • Friday 7th June, 7:30pm

  • Saturday 8th June, 7:30pm

  • Wednesday 12th June, 7:30pm

  • Thursday 13th June, 7:30pm

  • Friday 14th June, 7:30pm

  • Saturday 15th June, 7:30pm

Explosives Factory

Rear Laneway 67 Inkerman Street, St Kilda.

Duration: 65 minutes

This venue is not wheelchair accessible.This is a lockout event.Public Transport: 3/67/96 Tram.Parking: Street.

Full price $45.00
Concession $35.00

Preview $28

Mob Tix $20

Near the venue - St Kilda

Food and drinks on Inkerman Street
Newmarket Hotel
Pub food, beer on tap, daily specials. 
Japanese Restaurant & Bar
Barkly Hotel
Pub food, beer on tap, daily specials.

The inspiration for ‘not a very good story’ came when I saw an episode of Australian Story called ‘Million to One’, which was about the breast cancer cluster at the ABC studios in Toowong, Queensland. It's quite a horrible story, in the end seventeen women who worked at the Toowong site developed breast cancer, and no cause has ever been found to explain why. Eventually the ABC commissioned an independent report, which still didn’t find any likely cause, but calculated the odds of this many people getting sick as being a million to one (hence the episode title). And so, basically purely on the laws of probability, the ABC ended up moving their studios to a different site. But what really struck me about the story was that it seemed like a really slow-moving slasher film. The seventeen women didn’t all fall ill at the same time, it happened over a period of more than thirteen years. So it’s understandable that no-one really noticed for a while. But at some stage people started to look around and go, “Wait, how many of us is that now? Isn't it weird that I know so many other people who’ve had chemo? Or a mastectomy?” Six of the women sat in the same cluster of desks. Imagine watching people around you fall ill, one after the other, like dominos. So that was the initial spark. From there I just needed to change the setting from TV studio to drab call centre (I’ve never worked in a TV studio, but I’ve sure spent a lot of time in shitty call centre jobs). And then find the sweetest, most endearing character I could and throw in the middle of this horror show, which turned out to be Stephanie. Still my favourite character I’ve ever written, and I’ll always be a little sad that she didn’t find her way into a happier story, but what can you do.

- May Jasper / Writer & Performer

5 - 15 June, 2024

Explosives Factory
St Kilda

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