“The way you pull me in – makes me feel like I’m the best thing in the world”

Tamara is fifteen. Rejected by her mother, who’s moved on to a new relationship, she’s forced to live (and cope) with her embittered father, a man harbouring a secret that will deeply impact their lives.

Her very-new boyfriend, Squid, lives with his aunty; his mother has also shot through, and his older brother is in prison for drug-dealing. All Squid wants to do is take Tamara to the school formal, but he hasn’t got the cash.

Only their teacher, Mrs Petchell, seems to care, but it’s a battle for her to keep another year of students from slipping through the cracks.

Fast-paced and energetic, like its two young protagonists, the play jump-cuts between smart repartee and internal monologues, balancing broad contemporary comedy with moments of near-tragedy.

Philpott illuminates a world of disenfranchised Sydney teens, of absent mothers, missing fathers, and struggling teachers, and reveals a society that has seemingly lost its way in dealing with its troubled youth.

Winner: 2009 Griffin Award
Winner: 2012 AWGIE Award for Stage

“Vividly observed … Philpott speaks with a truly authentic voice” Kevin Jackson

Johann Walraven

20 March – 14 April 2018

Previews: Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 March 7.30pm
Thursday – Saturday 7.30pm
Sunday 5pm
Final performance Saturday 14 April 2pm

Subject to cast availability


Squid 18-24. Male. Non-Anglo. High school student.

Dane. 24-30. Male. Non-Anglo . Ex con. Squid’s brother.

Aunty. 40-70. Non-Anglo. Squid’s aunt.


It is important that you read the play before submitting an Expression of Interest. To request a perusal copy of the script, email

To submit an EOI to audition, please email with AUDITION in the subject line and indicate any dates when you are not available.

Please include:

  • a current headshot and resume
  • the role/s you are interested in
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New Theatre is a volunteer-based organisation and there is no payment for this production.

Johann’s directing credits include: This Boy’s In Love (Ensemble Theatre), Ruby Moon (Samsonite Productions), Beyond Therapy (King St Theatre,), Consensual and The Chekhov Term (New Theatre), Ado Saves The Gay World (TRS), Travesties (STC – Assistant Director), Miss Julie (Darlinghurst Theatre – Assistant Director). Since graduating from NIDA in Acting in 2003, Johann has appeared in numerous theatre productions including as ‘Vincent Van Gogh’ in Vincent in Brixton (Ensemble), The Rood Screen (Darlinghurst Theatre), Silence and Checklist for an Armed Robber (Belvoir), Dinner and Summer (Griffin), Features of Blown Youth and Dying For It (New Theatre), The Carnivores (TRS), As You Like It (Shakespeare Centre), Alaska (ATYP), Between These Lines (The Tunnel Project), Angry Harriet (Drop Bear Theatre), The Best Brothers (Old 505) and ‘Hamlet’ in Hamlet twice (New Theatre and Harlos). Other roles include TV performances in Fireflies, Home and Away, All Saints, Underbelly, Rescue Special Ops, Rake, the U.S feature film Stealth, and numerous short films, TVC’s, & music videos.