John Darling - Play Time

Friday 02 March 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Register until 02 March 2018 6:00 PM

This event commences at 6:30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname. 

Join Stuart Cox who is in-conversation with author, John Darling for the launch of his debut novel Play Time.

Rob Streeton, star of the hit kid’s TV show, Play Time, realised he’d made mistakes that night.  Drinking all night with his infantile brother – mistake #1.  A lap dance with a stripper – mistake #2.  Not realising his life would change forever – the biggest mistake of them

Now there are photos of Rob with a gorgeous stripper, Mirabelle, and a mysterious blackmail attempt.  The race is on to save his career, resurrect his failing marriage, and attend to his terminally ill mum.

Intriguing and absorbing, Play Time, is a heart-warmingly amusing tale of love and life – and the not-so-innocent world of kid’s television.

Playing with toys wasn’t supposed to be this hard.

John Darling has spent most of his career working in the world of corporate finance in Brisbane, New York, and London.  Yet, he’s continued to pursue his passion for creative writing, particularly the comedic genre.  John has studied screenwriting at the New York Film Academy, and undertaken numerous comedic writing courses at The Second City Training Centre in Hollywood and Chicago.

John created Chronicles of a Domesticated Gent, a quirky Facebook blog providing insights into the oft-misunderstood world of being a stay-at-home dad.  As an avid fan of all forms of comedy, John has performed stand-up and improv.  He has also created a YouTube web series and recorded several comedic songs which all went “viral” - within his family.

John wrote, and rewrote, Play Time, in the cafes of Paris, where he lived for eighteen months with his wife and their six-year-old daughter.  Play Time is his first novel.

Stuart Cox is an Australian entertainer, entrepreneur and Physiotherapist who has recently returned to Brisbane after stints overseas and in Sydney. 

A curious and creative character, he’s never been one to shy away from a challenge. After an injury-plagued stint in Premier Rugby he set off for Europe and stumbled into the world of entertainment somehow whilst filling the role of Team Physio for Cricket Scotland. 

It has led to many differing paths including starting a comedic review website (, The Scotch Sessions Podcasts and the Where The Real Men Are project which addresses the conflicted image of the modern man.  

Expect to see more of him acting in commercial and independent productions and racing round town distributing the finest Cashews known to man, Nuts By Cox.