By Angela Betzien
Director Leticia Cáceres
Set & Costume Designer Robert Cousins
Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham
Sound Designer Nate Edmondson
Dramaturg Anthea Williams
Movement Director Scott Witt
Assistant Director Rachel Chant
Dialect Coach Jennifer White

Tom Conroy
Colin Friels
Louisa Mignone
Renato Musolino
David Valencia

Child cast
Toby Challenor
Otis Jai Dhanji
Calin Diamond
Matthew Goldwyn

A co-production with
State Theatre Company of South Australia

A co-commission with
Playwriting Australia

7 November – 23 December
Upstairs Theatre

Mortido is a crime drama, revenge tragedy and morality play rolled into one. In other words, a quintessential Sydney tale.

It begins with a Mexican fable about death and ends in the Western suburbs. In between it takes in the public housing on Belvoir Street, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, quinoa, Nazi Germany, Qantas, Coca-Cola, a seventh birthday party, the Surry Hills police, the property market and a body in the harbour. The connective tissue? Cocaine.

Jimmy is a small-time dealer and Monte is a biggish-time distributor. Grubbe is a detective. They all want the same thing: to live out their lives in leisure. And a water view would be nice. But for Jimmy and Monte to win, Grubbe has to lose. Same goes the other way.

When Monte discovers that Sydney’s biggest importer, La Madre, is terminally ill, he plots to line up a distribution deal of his own directly out of Bolivia. Jimmy is the just the patsy he needs to make it happen. Before Grubbe’s imminent retirement, he is determined to get the scalp of La Madre and he’s not going to be ‘good cop’ about it.

Angela Betzien is a virtuoso playwright. Mortido is effortlessly funny, has a thrilling plot and it’s a furious social critique. It is her most ambitious play so far, and a brilliant portrait of the emerald city: familiar, bizarre, glorious and mean.

Betzien partners again with long-time collaborator Leticia Cáceres (The Dark Room). ‘What’s wonderful about Mortido is it’s incredibly funny, and adventurous,’ says Cáceres. ‘I’m looking forward to the challenge of making theatre that feels truly global.’

The great Colin Friels (Death of a Salesman) is joined by Tom Conroy (Mother Courage and Her Children) and a top-notch cast for this remarkable new play about crime, globalisation and the killer desire for a bigger house.

Notes for Editors

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Mortido will rehearse in Sydney from Monday 7 September to Friday 9 October. The production will open in Adelaide on Tuesday 20 October. The company returns to Sydney Tuesday 3 November and the production opens on Wednesday 11 November.

Season information
Dates 7 November – 17 December 2015
Previews Friday 6, Saturday 7, Sunday 8 & Tuesday 10 November
Opening night Wednesday 11 November
Captioned Performance 2pm Saturday 5 December
Audio-described Performance 2pm Saturday 12 December
Unwaged Performance 2pm Thursday 17 December
Sunday Forum 3pm 20 December
Times Tuesday 6.30pm | Wednesday to Friday 8pm | Saturday 2pm & 8pm | Sunday 5pm
Tickets* Full from $72 | Seniors/Industry/Group $62 | Concession $49 | Previews $50
Venue Belvoir St Theatre | 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
Bookings 02 9699 3444 or

* Ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted, either up or down, based on real-time market demand, and without notice.

Colin Friels. Illustration: Julian Meagher

Image Gallery

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Publicity images by Ellis Parrinderdownload

Rehearsal images by Brett Boardman – download

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Contact Details

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