A comedy, a family, ten actors, a landscape (view of the Adelaide Hills), a great deal of conversation about politics and life, Christmas, large hopes, five tons of love.* The Great Fire is a big new play about us – middle Australia in 2016.

Many years ago, in the 1970s, in pursuit of a good life and a sustainable future, Judith and Patrick built a house in the Adelaide Hills. They raised the kids here. As time wore on, bit by bit, the family drifted both from the house and the dream it was born from. Now it’s Christmas, the first grandchild is on the way and all three generations have gathered again. In the tinderbox heat of summer, Judith is at a crossroads: can the life they pursued in the first place come good again?

Warm, funny, deeply felt, The Great Fire is the work of a brilliant new writing talent, Kit Brookman, with a brilliant ensemble cast. We present it here as a kind of companion to The Blind Giant is Dancing – a pair of plays a generation apart about family, about holding your course, about what will survive of the fading triumph of Australian social democracy.

*With apologies to Anton Chekhov, whose own description of his play The Seagull we have adapted here.

The Great Fire was originally commissioned by Belvoir in association with ArtsNSW through the NSW Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights (previously the Young Playwright’s Award) .

The Great Fire is supported by Belvoir’s program for young philanthropists, The Hive, and has received matching support from the Macquarie Group Foundation for donations made by Macquarie employees.





Sarah Armanious
Peter Carroll
Lynette Curran
Eden Falk
Sandy Gore

Shelly Lauman
Marcus McKenzie
Geoff Morrell
Yalin Ozucelik
Genevieve Picot


By Kit Brookman
Director Eamon Flack
Set Designer Michael Hankin
Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Francis
Associate Sound Designer Michael Toisuta
Assistant Set Designer Charles Davis
Stage Manager (rehearsals) Mel Dyer
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Gina Bianco

Performance Times

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

Previews (bookable)
8pm, 2 April
6.30pm, 3 April
8pm, 5 April

Opening night (invitation only)
8pm, 6 April

Unwaged performance
2pm, 21 April

Captioned performance
2pm, 23 April

Audio-described performance
2pm, 30 April

Sunday Forum
3pm, 8 May

Approx 2 hrs 30 mins (including  interval)


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Kit Brookman’s The Great Fire is a vibrant reflection of middle-class confusion, disillusionment, sparkling with wit and energy… A must-see.

Hannah Story | The Music