neighbourhood watch



17 MARCH – 9 APRIL 2020


“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 twenty-something aspiring actress waiting for a better world. Can their unlikely friendship outlive the colossal forces of history, the inevitability of death, and a trip to the mall to see Mamma Mia?

Taking place in the year between Kevin Rudd’s election as Australian Prime Minister and Barack Obama’s as President of the United States, this wonderful play is a classic odd-couple story: opposites attract, and from each other they gain a new understanding.

As their unlikely relationship develops, Catherine’s life is transformed by Ana’s stories of an almost forgotten world. Through her new friend’s eyes she witnesses the traumas of war, the desolation of the refugee experience, and the struggle of settling in a foreign land. The courage this gives her in dealing with her own past is Ana’s gift to her. 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

Creative team

Director: Trudy Ritchie
Sound Designer Patrick Eades
Production Manager Madeleine Pickard
Stage Manager/Assistant Director Victoria Lewis
Operator Ole Borch

dates & times

Previews: Tue 17 & Wed 18 March 7:30pm
Thursday – Saturday 7:30pm
Sunday 5pm (followed by Q&A)
Special performance Wednesday 8 April 7:30pm

NOTE:: Sunday 22 March is SOLD OUT





Cathy Bates, Colleen Cook
Joshua Horwitz, Gertraud Ingeborg
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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