Piranha Heights

By Philip Ridley


16 June – 2 July 2011


Australian Premiere, presented by Shedding Skin, in association with The Spare Room


“Full of revelations, surprises and the kind of frenetic, crazy adrenaline-charged energy that makes for dynamite theatre … darkly funny, outrageously perverse, strangely endearing … a definite must-see for those who like their theatre laced with a dash of KA-BOOM.” Australian Stage Online

Piranha Heights is part of the New Theatre’s The Spare Room project, an ideal platform for more experimental work that falls between the fringe and mainstream. It’s a slick, well designed production with a strong cast.” Same Same

“Say you were to hand over the season finale of Eastenders to a bunch of raving ice fiends, you might get something like British writer Philip Ridley’s Piranha Heights.”  Sydney Morning Herald



It’s Mother’s Day – but mother is dead. In her crumbling council flat, sons Alan and Terry reunite to argue over the will, the furniture and the flat itself.

The presence of hijab-wearing teenager Lily and her erratic boyfriend causes friction, but the arrival of Alan’s sadistic teenage son and his imaginary friend ‘Mr Green’ lets loose a violent storm that forces the brothers to finally confront the malevolent shadows of their childhood. It’s going to be a Mother’s Day to remember.

Treading a fine line between nostalgia and nihilism, acclaimed UK writer Philip Ridley (Mercury Fur, The Pitchfork Disney) has created a bitterly funny, visceral and intelligent play about a family in turmoil and the lies that sometimes must be told to endure the truth.

“Truly remarkable … a work of dark fantasy and genius” WhatsOnStage UK

Warning: This production contains very coarse language, violence, adult themes, and everything else that makes for a cracking night in the theatre.


Director Fiona Hallenan-Barker | Producer Narelle Lewis | Lighting Martin Kinnane | Sound DJ Soup | Costume Anna Gardiner |
Voice Emma Harris | Movement Gareth Hart | Tech Liam O’Keefe

Cast Emma Griffin, Matthew Hyde, Jason Langley, Brynn Loosemore and Heath Wilder

Tues– Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 5pm

Full $30 | Concession $25 | Group $25 (10+) | Preview Wednesday 15 June $20 |
CHEAP TUESDAYS – “Pay What You Can” 

90 minutes approx.


Photos © Mischa Baka

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