By Ferenc Alexander Zavaros


6 – 22 October 2011


Presented by IPAN, in association with The Spare Room



“A captivating , visually ravishing ‘physical theatre’ piece … A powerful paean to family, love and loss. Thoroughly recommended” Lynne Lancaster, Sydney Arts Guide

“A beautiful, intricate, evocative exploration of people-smuggling, refugees, and dreams for a better life … an important piece of theatre.”  Jodi McAlister, Australian Stage Online



“I’m following the water, afloat with the current. I’m almost there.”

Lucky is a story of hope, determination and illusion.

A young man puts his faith in a human trafficker to guide him across a treacherous sea in search of the brother who set sail before him. He dreams of a better life for himself and his family, but what will he wake up to?

This evocative and poetic text is realised in a work of exquisite physical theatre, taking the audience on a journey that ebbs and flows between life and death, fears of the unknown and visions of a new land.



Director / Set Designer Sama Ky Balson | Collaborative Movement Director  Kirk Page | Lighting Designer  Ross Graham | Costume Designer Azure Chapman | Sound Designer / Composer Joseph Nizeti | Music Director  Karina Bes | Rigging Designer  Ingrid Kleinig | Show Rigger  Tully Ward | Stage Manager Jeremy Page | Assistant Stage Manager Jen Carmody | IPAN Production team  Alice Poujois, Sheri Pierce, Kai Raisbeck, Sama Ky Balson, Sopa Enari, Samantha Hardy, Jasmine DeCarlo

Guy SimonDrew WilsonHoa X and Conrad Le Bron

Tues– Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 5pm
Special performance for schools

Tuesday 18 October 11am

Full $30  |  Concession $25  |  Group $25 (10+)  | Preview Wednesday 5 October $20 |
CHEAP TUESDAYS – “Pay What You Can”
Tuesday 18 October – School Groups $17 each (10+)

60 minutes


Sunday 16 October, following the performance

This special post-show forum will facilitate discussion of the asylum seeker experience, presenting the facts and figures, examining Australia’s response to humanitarian need, and raising awareness of opportunities for Australians to support the protection of human rights.  Get a real insight into the current issues facing asylum seekers as past refugees share their stories.

Speakers will include John Shan (Sri Lankan Tamil refugee from Glebe), Loi Lam (Vietnamese refugee from Castle Hill), Dianne Hiles (ChilOut – Children Out of Immigration Detention Inc), Lucy Morgan (The Refugee Council of Australia).

Playwright Ferenc Alexander Zavaros, who has come to Sydney from Holland for this Australian premiere production, together with director/producer Sama Ky Balson and the cast of Lucky will also take part in the discussion.


Photos © Robbie Pacheco

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