Meet Peter, an electricity meter reader for AusPower, training shy young newcomer Lachlan, as they navigate abusive homeowners, cattle dogs, live meter boxes and worst of all the dangers of Annie, the Field Manager.

Based on the real experiences of a broke young man trying to pay the rent in Sydney, this is a story of awkward friendship between lowly paid workers (ironically invisible in Hi-Vis gear) trying to fend for themselves in a dog-eat-dog workforce. And through it all, it’s about the books they read (when they’re not reading meters).


*A complete lock out is in effect for this production. Please ensure you leave plenty of time to collect your tickets and take your seats before the show starts.



John McNeill
Scott Smart
Anni Finsterer


Writer Scott Smart
Director Elizabeth Nabben
Set & Costume Designer Jeremy Allen
Stage Manager Bronte Schuftan
Lighting Designer Matt Cox
Composer & Sound Designer Grace Ferguson
Dramaturg Elizabeth Nabben
Photographer Clare Hawley

Special Thanks
Kathryn Joy, Tanya Dickson, Stevie Rodgers, Anni Finsterer, Dom Mercer, Belvoir, and most importantly, Peter.

Performance Times

5 – 19 May 2018

Saturday 5 May 8.15pm
Sunday 6 May 6.45pm (Opening Night)
Tuesday 8 May 8.15pm
Wednesday 9 May 8.15pm
Thursday 10 May 8.15pm
Friday 11 May 8.15pm
Saturday 12 May 8.15pm
Sunday 13 May 5.15pm
Tuesday 15 May 6.45pm
Wednesday 16 May 6.45pm
Thursday 17 May 8.15pm
Friday 18 May 8.15pm
Saturday 19 May 2.15pm
Saturday 19 May 8.15pm


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A closely observed depiction of the world of unskilled work weaves a gentle spell.

Jason Blake | Audrey Journal

Smart’s play tackles themes that are relevant to us all, and yet seemingly haven’t been addressed before on Sydney stages. I highly recommend getting Downstairs to see this extremely clever, and simply satisfying show.

Sally Alrich-Smythe | @The Prop

The production is elegantly directed by Elizabeth Nabben, who manifests a quiet charm around her characters and situations.

Suzy Wrong | Suzy Goes See

Ultimately life is simply about kindness and compassion and this little play conveys this perfectly, resulting in a most engaging night at the theatre.

Geraldine Worthington | Oz Babyboomers

What is 25A?

This show is part of 25A.
It has been made by independent and emerging artists.
They have produced and marketed it themselves.
They get 100% of the box office and the theatre for free.
Their task is to make a show for less than $1500.

Thanks for supporting the artists of the future.