“My name is Salmon. Like the fish. Susie. Fourteen years old. I was murdered.”

A coming-of-age story with a supernatural twist.

Susie Salmon is a typical 14yo girl, with all the usual preoccupations: she wants to be gorgeous, she has secret crushes, and favourite things. There’s just one small difference: Susie is dead, lured into a hideaway in a cornfield, and subsequently raped and murdered.

From beyond the grave, she now observes her grieving family: her father, obsessed with finding her killer and getting justice; her mother, looking to escape the unbearable pain of losing her child by forging a new life; and her clever sister, discovering boys and embarking of the journey that Susie herself never had the chance to take.

And Susie is trying to find a way to help.

Alice Sebold’s best-selling novel turned the horror-thriller trope of a crime and its aftermath into an elegiac meditation on life, love and loss. As she herself wrote: “the line between the living and the dead could be murky and blurred.”

Award-winning British playwright Bryony Lavery has taken Sebold’s beautiful novel and created a visceral performance text, both sparse and dense, that also surprises with its humour and verve.

New Theatre is thrilled to be presenting the Australian premiere of this work.

“A stunning adaptation” British Theatre Guide

Creative team

Director Deborah Mulhall
Set Designer Robyn Arthur
Lighting Designer Michael Schell
Costume Designer Andrea Tan
Sound Designer Sam Barnett
Assistant Director Dimity Raftos
Assistant Set Designer Mitch Latham
Lighting Assistant Isabella Zinghini
Stage Manager Victoria Lewis
Deputy Stage Manager Claire Holland
Operator Ole Borch



Mark Barry, Naomi Belet
Shiva Chandra, Ted Crosby
Anthony Michaels Eid
Jessica Joseph-McDermott
Emma Louise, Cassady Maddox Booth
Sarah Maguire, Brendan McBride
Kirsty Saville, Sean Taylor
Parker Texilake




dates & times

Preview: Tue 16 November 7:30pm
Press Night/Opening Night: Wed 17 November 7:30pm
Thursday – Saturday 7:30pm

Sunday 5pm
Final performance: Saturday 18 December 2pm

Running time: to be advised


Full $35
Concessions, Groups (6+) $30
New Theatre Members $22
Thrifty Thursdays $22
Preview $20

Please note: New Theatre is a general admission theatre and seat selection is done on a first-come-first-serve basis. Venue opens 30 minutes before the advertised starting time of a performance. 

By Arrangement with ORiGiN™ Theatrical
On Behalf of Samuel French
A Concord Theatricals Company

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