A mesmerising piece of playwriting – generous, compassionate and subtle – The Events was the sleeper hit of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival. For this Australian production, the brilliant Catherine McClements finally returns to the Belvoir St stage, joined by a host of Sydney’s community choirs in an extraordinary blend of theatre and music.

Claire is a minister and the director of a choir that meets regularly in a local hall. It’s made up of all sorts: the lonely, outsiders, strangers – and the privileged, the comfortable. In short, she has built a community. But when a disaffected young man enters the hall and opens fire with a semi-automatic, this community – and the ideals that formed it – are blown apart.

After the event, a dialogue unfolds between Claire and a young man. She is unpacking the Pandora’s box of herself – her rage, her fears, and ultimately some hope. The young man is something else: the voice of the alienated, an enemy within, a lost generation. He plays many roles, but in an era of Port Arthur and Martin Place they all ask the same big question: How do we live together knowing it can all come apart in a moment?

A co-production with Malthouse Theatre and State Theatre Company of South Australia in association with Sydney Festival



By David Greig
Director Clare Watson
Set & Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham
Lighting Director Richard Vabre
Musical Director Luke Byrne
Composer John Browne
Fight Choreographer Scott Witt
Stage Managers Michelle McKenzie (SydFest season) & Natalie Moir (Belvoir season)
Assistant Stage Managers Vanessa Martin (Belvoir season) & Keiren Smith (SydFest season)

Performance Times

Belvoir season 12 May – 12 June 2016:
Tuesday 6.30pm
Wednesday to Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 5pm

NOTE: Time variations
7pm (not 8pm) Saturday 21 & 28 May

Previews (bookable)
8pm, 12 May
8pm, 13 May

Opening night (invitation only)
8pm, 14 May

Unwaged performance
2pm, 9 June

Sunday Forum
3pm, 12 June

75 mins (no interval)


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The Events is a superb and unique examination of one victim’s self-destructive desire to understand the essence of violence.

Lesley Reed | Stage Whispers, 2016

The Events is an unsettling, sadly topical and profoundly moving theatrical experience.

John Wells | Adelaide Theatre Guide, 2016

The Events is tight and it is edgy, presenting the facts, dilemmas and contradictions of humanity. The layers of the story are skilfully revealed, often evoking shock and incredulity among audience members who are dragged into the revelations as if it was their own community at risk.

Steve Horne | InDaily, 2016