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  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    21 Jun – 14 Jul

  • WHERE /

    Beckett Theatre

  • DURATION /

    70 minutes (no interval)

  • WARNINGS /

    Contains adult material, coarse language, gunshots, smoke and haze effects, strobe lighting and extremely loud noise (Earplugs provided).
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  • AGES /

    Recommended for audiences aged 15+.

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Season 2019

Wake in Fright

21 JUN – 14 JUL 2019

Single tickets on sale now. Book a Season Pass and receive great savings and a wealth of benefits.

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Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    21 Jun – 14 Jul

  • WHERE /

    Beckett Theatre

  • DURATION /

    70 minutes (no interval)

  • WARNINGS /

    Contains adult material, coarse language, gunshots, smoke and haze effects, strobe lighting and extremely loud noise (Earplugs provided).
    For the full list of content warnings please click here.

  • AGES /

    Recommended for audiences aged 15+.

  • Download / Program

**SOLD OUT**

IF YOU’RE A GOOD BLOKE, YOU’LL BE ALL RIGHT. RIGHT?

G’day. Welcome to the Yabba. Just passing through?

It’s the best little town in the world. Things a bit grim? Chin up.

John Grant is well-read, but an outback misadventure strands him—cashless and jobless—in a harsh and remote Aussie outpost, Bundanyabba.

So, he makes new ‘mates’: they’re quick with a drink, but with every scull a dark violence lurches forward. Are these blokes fair dinkum, or is there something more sinister at the heart of this little Aussie town?

On our Beckett Theatre stage, the entire world of Wake in Fright is conjured in a one-person show by the always-evocative Zahra Newman (The Book of Mormon) accompanied by a sonic assault from art-electronica band, friendships. Under the direction of Declan Greene, Kenneth Cook’s iconic work of Australian Gothic horror is felt in the flesh. Bring sunscreen, buy a beer and wear your ear plugs.

Once we pierce the Yabba’s ocker veneer, you better be ready for the explosive brutality pent up inside.

★★★★½ 'brilliant, bold and deeply unnerving theatre.'

– The Age

★★★★½ 'POWERFUL.'

– ArtsHub

★★★★ 'Brilliantly accomplished and innovative powerhouse.'

– Australian Book Review

★★★★ 'remarkable.' 

– Time Out

★★★★ 'Striking.'

– Limelight Magazine
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A NEW PLAY / Adapted from Kenneth Cook’s novel by Declan Greene
CAST & CO-CREATOR / Zahra Newman
MUSIC & COMPOSITION BY / friendships
SOUND DESIGN / James Paul 
LIGHTING & PROJECTION DESIGN / Verity Hampson
STAGE MANAGER / Cecily Rabey 

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES 

PREVIEWS
8pm, Friday 21 June
8pm, Saturday 22 June
7pm, Monday 24 June
7pm, Tuesday 25 June

OPENING NIGHT 
8pm, Wednesday 26 June

TIME TO TALK  
7pm, Tuesday 2 July

MONASH MEETS MALTHOUSE
2pm, Saturday 13 July

AUDIO DESCRIBED
6pm, Sunday 7 July 
Hear about Wake in Fright here. 

SPECIAL EVENT 

MONASH MEETS MALTHOUSE
 3.30pm, Saturday 13 July

PANEL / Associate Professor of Film and Screen Deane Williams, Associate Professor of Film and Screen Belinda Small, and Director and Writer Daniel Lammin

MODERATOR / Professor Stacy Holman Jones, Deputy Director of the Centre for Theatre and Performance

This is a free event.

A Malthouse Theatre production.
Key image: Zan Wimberley