Once in Royal David’s City

by Michael Gow


 19 March – 13 April


“It’s not an answer to everything, it’s only a question and that means it’s a beginning.”

For middle-aged, gay theatre director Will Drummond, nothing is certain any more. His parents are suddenly old, his professional world is changing, everyone around him seems to be losing faith and losing the plot, and it feels as if society has lost its soul.

Christmas is often a difficult time for families to navigate and for Will, this year, it will become a time of reckoning and a journey of discovery towards a deeper, if not especially comfortable, awareness of himself.

This sprawling saga covers four decades, across two hemispheres, from intimate encounters to vast historical events, investigating the bond between mother and child, the loss of innocence, and the inevitability of death.

It is a powerful, angry, profoundly moving, viciously funny, brilliant play about the possibilities of life and of theatre, and a classic of contemporary Australian dramatic writing.

“Emotionally confronting but also warm and witty … a beautifully written play” Brisbane Courier-Mail

Director Patrick Howard muses on why it’s vital for contemporary and recent Australian work to have a sophomore outing. Read the full article in Audrey Journal

creative team

Director Patrick Howard
Production & Lighting Designer Victor Kalka

Sound Designer Ryan Devlin
Assistant Director Trudy Ritchie
Costume Assistant Luciana Nguyen
Production Manager Cecelia Strachan

Stage Management Christina McKune and Daniel O’Neill




Alana Birtles, Ben Brighton 
Amy Victoria Brooks, Sandra Campbell 
Nathalie Fenwick, Nicholas Foustellis
Angela Johnston, Alice Livingstone
Aimee Lodge, Francisco Lopez
Martin Portus, Bryden White-Tuohey


Previews 19 & 20 Mar 7:30pm
Opening Night Thu 21 Mar 7:30pm
Thu – Sat 7:30pm
Sun 5pm
Sat 13 Apr 2pm only


Full $35
Concession, Groups (6+) $30
New Theatre Members $22 (with promo code)
Previews, Thrifty Thursdays $20

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