20 APRIL – 22 MAY 2021


“There’s a saying in the trade: ‘Never arrest a wife basher if his missus is still warm’.”

In a crime-ridden inner suburb of Melbourne, a seasoned police Sergeant and a raw recruit are drawn into the lives of two women dealing with domestic violence and abuse.

Simmonds the older cop bullies his subordinate Ross, belittling and patronising him; Kate, the controlling older sister bullies Fiona, her weaker sibling, badgering her to leave her husband Kenny. When the two police become involved in the planned escape, the consequences are both terrible and tragic.

David Williamson’s ground-breaking 1971 play radically changed Australian theatre. As a satirical study of authoritarianism and of social conditioning that forces people into constricting, inflexible roles, the play swings frantically between dark comedy and visceral savagery.

Through the use of stereotypical characters, realist vernacular, physical brutality and frequent profanity, Williamson investigated ‘ocker culture’ and the violence and sexism which lurked underneath the veneer of Australian society. In doing so, he placed ‘Australian voices’ on stage in a new and shocking way.

Fifty years later, domestic violence is still a rampant problem in our society, the statistics are alarming, and Williamson’s play remains sadly relevant.

“A violent, bloody, deeply disturbing portrait of Australia” Crikey


Creative team

Director Johann Walraven
Set Designer Robyn Arthur
Lighting Designer Mehran Mortezaeai
Costume Designer Andrea Tan
Sound Designer Tobias Gilbert
Assistant Director Tiffany Wong
Intimacy Director Nigel Poulton
Fight Director Tim Dashwood
Production Manager Tiffany Wong
LX/SX Operator Ole Borch



Lloyd Allison-Young, Laurence Coy
Xavier Coy, Alfie Gledhill
Eliza Nicholls, Shannon Ryan


dates & times

Preview: Tue 20 April 7:30pm
Press Night/Opening Night Wed 21 April 7:30pm
Thursday – Saturday 7:30pm

Sunday 5pm
Final performance: Saturday 22 May 2pm

Running time to be advised


Full $35
Concessions, Groups (6+) $30
School Groups $22 (one teacher free per 10 students)*
New Theatre Members $22
Thrifty Thursdays $22
Preview $20

*Teachers who wish to make a school group booking, please contact our Theatre Manager

Please note: New Theatre is a general admission theatre and seat selection is done on a first-come-first-serve basis. As per NSW Public Health COVID-19 guidelines, we now running at 75% capacity (112 patrons). Where possible, we will endeavour to socially distance audience members and groups one seat apart, however with fuller houses, you may need to sit next to others. Face masks are not mandatory but strongly recommended. If you have any concerns, please contact our Theatre Manager

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