“Many people will want to kill you. Better you is ready.”

Ana is a battle hardened Hungarian-Australian veteran of the twentieth century. Catherine is her neighbour: a 20-something aspiring actress waiting for a better world.

As their unlikely odd-couple friendship develops, Catherine’s life is transformed by Ana’s stories of the traumas of war, the desolation of the refugee experience, and the struggle of settling in a foreign land.

In turn, Ana is granted one last great friendship at a time when the journey to her life’s end was looking to be a lonely one.

This glorious comedy about hope, death and pets, takes on a sense of enormity in the midst of the ordinary, questioning whether we really know what’s out there in the ‘burbs’.

“Entertaining and substantial, very funny and tremendously enjoyable” Australian Stage

Please note: this production contains strong language, violence, adult themes (abortion, suicide, death), and references to cancer, mental illness and sexual violence

Creative team

Original Production Director Trudy Ritchie
Remount Production Director Louise Fischer
Original Production Set Designers Sophie Lanigan and Max Volfneuk
Remount Production Set Designer Tom Bannerman
Lighting Designer Mehran Mortezaei
Costume Designer Claudia Lafoy
Sound Designer Patrick Eades
Assistant Director Victoria Lewis
Production Manager Madeleine Picard
Stage Manager Rosane McNamara
Operators Ole Borch, Ricci Costa

dates & times

Preview Tue 8 Sep
Thu – Sat 7:30pm
Sun 5pm
Final performance Sat 3 Oct 2pm

Running time 150 minutes, including a 20 minute interval





Cathy Bates, Colleen Cook
Joshua Horwitz, Susan Jordan
Stephen Lloyd-Coombs
Eloise Martin-Jones, Kelly Robinson
Harry Taylor, John Van Putten
Caitlin Williams, Tricia Youlden





Full $35
Concessions, Groups (6+) $30
New Theatre Members $22
School Groups $22 (one teacher free per 10 students)
Previews, Thrifty Thursdays $20



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