Gods and Little Fishes

by Richard Sydenham
and Jamie Oxenbould


31 May – 25 Jun 2022



“I want twenty-five thousand pounds by this afternoon, or I’ll feed him to the sharks.”

In June 1960, travelling salesman Bazil Thorne won 100,000 pounds in the Opera House Lottery.

Five weeks later jubilation turned to tragedy when Bazil’s eight-year-old son Graeme was kidnapped and held to ransom.

On 16 August, 1960, Graeme’s body was found in bushland at Seaforth.

Gods and Little Fishes is loosely based on this tragic event. Rather than a factual retelling, this magical play interprets the story through the lens of a father’s overwhelming grief and a child’s imagination.

The delightful humour, quirky characters and theatrical in-jokes lead to a shattering climax that will leave you breathless.

Winner of the Silver Gull Play Award, 2020

Listen to an interview with the writers (from 61:35).


creative team

Director Richard Sydenham
Set Designer Hannah Tayler
Lighting Designer Grant Fraser
Costume Designer Katie Fitchett with Elena McNiece
Sound Designer Lloyd Allison-Young
Stage Manager Victoria Lewis



Katie Fitchett, Sarah-Jane Kelly
Andy McDonell, Arky Michael
Texas Nixon-Kain, Jamie Oxenbould
Eloise Snape


Preview Tue 31 May 7:30pm
Opening Night Wed 1 Jun 7:30pm
Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm
Final performance Sat 25 Jun 2pm

Running time to be advised



Full $35
Concessions, Groups (6+) $30
New Theatre Members $22
Thrifty Thursdays $22
Preview $20

COVID- Safe protocols:
QR code and vaccination checks are no longer required.

Face masks are not mandatory, but recommended.

Main image: © Ollyy/Shutterstock