Ashleigh Cummings. Illustration: Julian Meagher.


By Julia-Rose Lewis
Director Kristine Landon-Smith
Set & Costume Designer Michael Hili
Lighting Designer Ben Hughes
Composer & Sound Designer Kim Bowers
Dramaturg Anthea Williams

Benjamin Creek
Ashleigh Cummings
Belinda Jombwe
Charles Wu

A co-production with
La Boite Theatre Company

7–31 May
Downstairs Theatre

Samson is an Australian coming-of-age story set in a country town. It is a completely disarming hodge-podge of unexpectedness and originality, of metaphysics and silliness, of religious faith and topless sunbathing. It is the first full-length play by Julia-Rose Lewis, the 2014 recipient of the Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights.

Essie, Beth, Sid and Rabbit are growing up at the arse end of the arse end of the world. Boredom, decay and violence plague their lives. And grief for the death of a friend. Grappling with their own existence and grasping hopelessly at the future, they find themselves imagining heaven and dreaming of hell.

Kristine Landon-Smith was the Artistic Director of Tamasha Productions in London. She’s been nominated for an Olivier Award and directed for the Royal Court and Old Vic. She has been a lecturer in acting at NIDA since 2013.

Samson boasts a cast of thrilling new talents. Benjamin Creek graduated from Brisbane’s Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts last year; this is his professional debut. Ashleigh Cummings is well-known and widely acclaimed for her television work in Puberty Blues and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries; this will be her first mainstage role. Belinda Jombwe was nominated Best Newcomer at the 2012 Sydney Theatre Awards for My Wonderful Day (Ensemble Theatre), this will be her Belvoir debut. 2014 NIDA graduate Charles Wu also makes his Belvoir debut in Samson.

Samson fizzes with truth. It is brutal yet gentle, funny yet sad, young yet old. At its heart is the startling idea that the death of someone important can be the start of something excellent.

Notes for Editors

Season information
Dates 7–31 May 2015
Previews Thursday 7 & Friday 8 May
Opening Night Saturday 9 May
Times Tuesday 7pm | Wednesday to Friday 8.15pm | Saturday 2.15pm & 8.15pm | Sunday 5.15pm
Tickets Full $48* | Seniors/Industry/Group $42 | Concession $38 | Previews $38
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.

Co-production information
Samson is a co-production with La Boite Theatre Company in Brisbane. The cast are rehearsing in Sydney and available for in-person interviews and photos until Friday 10 April when they transfer to Brisbane. The La Boite season runs from 17 April to 2 May. The cast return to Sydney on Tuesday 5 May and there is a media call scheduled for Wednesday 6 May.

Image Gallery

Hero image by Julian Meagherdownload

Rehearsal images by Emma Furno – download

Production images by Lisa Tomasetti – download

Contact Details

For media information and interviews contact Elly Michelle Clough
[email protected] | 02 8396 6242 | 0407 163 921