A premiere Australian play based on actual events, showing just how startling real-life can be.

Mary-Ellen Field is a successful Australian business consultant in London – until she’s accused of betraying the secrets of her clients to the press. Her life comes crashing down, and she starts to wonder if she’s losing her mind. Then it emerges that her phone was being illegally tapped by reporters, and she sets out on a campaign to restore her reputation.

But along the way, her ideas of redemption change – she’s been interviewed by a journalist on the other side of the world, and his story puts everything into a new perspective.

In plays like Gwen in Purgatory and Holding The Man, Tommy Murphy keeps finding these unlikely great theatrical figures, and Mary-Ellen Field is no exception. I’ve become really enamoured of Mary-Ellen’s bizarre heroic quality and her optimism, it’s surprising, it’s original. And to have this part played by Sarah Peirse – she’s so charismatic, whipsmart. When you see Sarah get the taste of a role, it’s thrilling to watch. – Eamon

Mark Colvin’s Kidney was co-commissioned with Playwriting Australia. It has been supported by Macquarie Group employees and the Macquarie Group Foundation under its staff support policy.



Peter Carroll
Kit Esuruoso
John Howard
Sarah Peirse
Christopher Stollery
Helen Thomson


Writer Tommy Murphy
Director David Berthold
Set Designer Michael Hankin
Costume Designer Julie Lynch
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Composer & Sound Designer Nate Edmondson
Projection Design Vexran Productions
Movement Director Scott Witt
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Keiren Smith

Performance Times

Tuesday & Wednesday 6.30pm
Thursday & Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 5pm

Previews (bookable)
8pm, 25 February
6.30pm, 26 February
8pm, 28 February

Opening Night (invitation only)
8pm, 1 March

Unwaged Performance
2pm, 30 March

Captioned Performance
2pm, 25 March

Audio-described Performance
2pm, 1 April

Belvoir Briefing
3pm, 19 February


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Belvoir’s ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted either up or down without notice. This can apply to a small number of tickets in response to demand for a specific performance date or time. Full ticket terms and conditions can be found on the Ticket Prices page.

 Ticket Type Upstairs
Full Price $72
Subscriber Discount Rate $67
Seniors*/Industry**/Groups (10 or more) $62
Concession† $49
30-Down# $47
Previews $40
Student Saver# $37

† Concession prices are available with a full-time Australian student card, all Centrelink Pensioner concession cards and Veteran Affairs’ cards.
** Industry prices are available to members of Actors Equity (MEAA), AACTA, ASMA, ASDA, ARDA, AFTT, Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts, Actors Centre, Performance Space, Australian Writers’ Guild, Artshub and the NSW Writers’ Centre.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday matinee, Saturday evening.

Some of our productions at Belvoir may contain strong language, smoking, nudity, violence, strobe lighting, haze or other things you may find confronting or uncomfortable. If you are concerned about any of these please ask our Box Office staff about content when booking.



…there’s an honesty and openness to Murphy’s writing that is irresistibly heart-warming

Sun Herald

[Murphy’s writing is] Full of laughs… a charming and often exhilarating experience.

The Sunday Telegraph

Tommy is a bewitching playwright of startling originality.

Andrew Upton & Cate Blanchett, STC


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