This Bitter Earth

by Chris Edwards


11 – 27 July


“I’m just saying, a little lube goes a long way”

Being a 20-something queer is hard. Being a 20-something queer living in Sydney is… something else, I guess.

Dating apps, capitalist nightmares, a rental market we’re not invited to and a semi-constant state of existential terror – look, we’ve only got 12 years until climate catastrophe, might as well flail around in a spin class and buy a reusable straw.

An unstitched patchwork of queer lives in queer times, This Bitter Earth looks at how we fight, bitch, love, confront despair and try to connect, all through the mess and the muck and the might of everyday queer existence.

It’s vicious, it’s tender, it hates being touched but it kinda needs a hug. It’s an anthology of millennial crises, from drunken wine nights in dirty hostels to desolate wastelands at the end of time.

And it’s gay.

Really gay

New Theatre is thrilled to be presenting the world premiere of this new Australian play, which was developed by the writer while undertaking his Masters of Writing for Performance at NIDA in 2018.

creative team

Director Riley Spadaro
Set and Costume Designer Grace Deacon
Lighting Designer Phoebe Pilcher
Composer and Sound Designer Jessica Dunn
Production Manager Jens Radda
Stage Manager Caroline McAllister


Mitchell Bourke, Michael Cameron
Elle Mickel, Matthew Predny
Ariadne Sgouros, Sasha Simon


Preview Thursday 11 July 7:30pm
Opening Night Friday 12 July 7:30pm
Wednesday – Saturday 7:30pm

Sunday 5pm
Saturday 27 July 2pm only


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

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