King Paddy

This project was made possible by the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia. 

King Paddy

Patrick Gardener - known to his friends as King Paddy - is a grumpy old man who has recently turned his property in suburban Darwin into an independent nation, population 4. 

But when one nosy journalist starts wondering why King Paddy started it all - and flirting with Paddy's grandkids - things get serious. Followed by disastrous. 

An early draft of this work had a public reading by Vicious Fish Theatre, 2022, thanks to the Regional Arts Fund. 

It is now confirmed for full production as part of Darwin Pride Festival 2024.

Production enquiries

Interested in performing King Paddy? Please email me at 

Art by Eliza Dobson