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  • 29 Jan – 20 Feb 22 Upstairs Theatre
  • 1 hour 45 minutes


By Nathan Maynard
Directed by Isaac Drandic

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 29 Jan – 20 Feb 22
  • Duration 1 hour 45 minutes
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  • Content warning

    At What Cost? discusses strong themes such as genocide and Aboriginal trauma, and mentions the names of Indigenous people who have died. The production also contains adult themes, suicide and the use of strong language, herbal cigarettes and haze.

  • Indigenous theatre at Belvoir supported by

Truth, country and the blood in between.

Tasmania, now. Boyd’s got enough on his plate between simply making a living and his responsibilities to land and people.

But something’s happening. Every year more and more folk are claiming to be Palawa too. Folk no-one’s heard of until now, who haven’t been ‘round before. Are they legit? Or are they ‘tick-a-box’? Who decides? And how?

If Boyd’s going to take everyone forward, they’re all going to have to go back, old mob or new, into the island’s knotty past. And they might not like what they find there.

This was rehearsed and bubbling when lockdown 2 hit, so we’ve had the pleasure of seeing this one in all its rehearsal room glory, and it’s exactly what we hoped for – earthy, sophisticated, occasionally provocative. Nathan was our 2019 Balnaves Fellow, and 2022 will at last give us a chance to show why we think he’s such a welcome voice. – Eamon

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Performance Times

Weekly Times

  • tuesday 6:30pm

    Except 1 February at 7:30pm

  • wednesday 6:30pm
  • thursday 1pm & 7:30pm
  • friday 7:30pm
  • saturday 2pm & 7:30pm
  • sunday 5pm

    Except 30 January at 6:30pm, 20 February at 2pm

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  • Full Price (Adult)^ $70 – $91
  • Mates Rates (Adult)^ $65 – $81
  • Senior* $60 – $81
  • Concession $50 – $71
  • 30-Down# $48 – $63
  • Previews $52 – $57
  • Student Saver $35 – $50


With a 5-play subscription package starting from $252* plus a range of ticket types and concessions, there is a package to suit everyone!

*30-Down mid-week matinee


~ Bookings of 10+ full price adult tickets receive a $10 discount per ticket.
^ Tickets to Saturday and Sunday performances may have an added $5 surcharge.
* Seniors prices are available with an eligible Australian Government-issued Seniors Card.
† Concession prices are available with a full-time student card, Centrelink Pensioner concession card, Veterans’ Affairs cards, and to members of Actors Equity (MEAA), and ArtsHub, and HotHouse Theatre Subscribers.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday matinees.

To claim any concessions you must provide proof.

Full ticket terms and conditions can be found on the Ticket Prices page.


  • Nathan Maynard
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    Nathan, is a Trawlwoolway, Pakana/Palawa man and writer & director from Lutruwita/Tasmania. Nathan’s first play, The Season, featured in the 2015 Yellamundie Festival, produced by Moogahlin Arts. In November 2016, Nathan finished a 15-week writer’s attachment with Blue Rocket animation, where he helped produce and direct a palawa kani (a Tasmanian Aboriginal language) episode of the award […]

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  • Isaac Drandic
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    Isaac Drandic is a Noongar man from the south west of Western Australia. He is a dramaturg, writer, award winning actor and director. He first worked with Belvoir in 2013 as assistant director on Peter Pan. The same year Isaac directed Coranderrk, a co-production between Belvoir and ILBIJERRI Theatre Company. At What Cost is his […]

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  • Cast

  • Luke Carroll
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    Luke Carroll is a seasoned theatre, film and television performer. Recent television projects include Upright for Foxtel and the first season of Total Control for ABC. Luke was recently the director’s attachment on the second series with Wayne Blair. On stage, recent projects include Sunshine  Super Girl for Performing Lines, Black Cockatoo for Ensemble Theatre; Black is the New White, The Harp in the […]

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  • Sandy Greenwood
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    Sandy is a First Nations actor and playwright from the Dunghutti, Gumbaynggirr and Bundjulung tribes of Australia.  She has a Bachelor of Creative Industries from the Queensland University of Technology (Honours) as well as having trained at Atlantic Acting School in New York City, and The Groundlings in Los Angeles.   Sandy has performed with […]

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  • Alex Malone
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    Alex is a graduate from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.Alex’s theatre credits include The Caucasian Chalk Circle and The Lighthouse Girl for Black Swan State Theatre Company, Eurydice, Babes in The Woods and Threnody for The Old Fitz, ATYP’s Spring Awakening-The Musical, KXT’s Sensitive Guys, DNA and Youth and Destination and Spectrum Now’s Orfeo Ed Euridice directed by Shannon Murphy.Alex can be seen on screen as Sophie in Matchbox Picture’s […]

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  • Ari Maza Long
  • Creatives

  • Jacob Nash
    Set Designer
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    Jacob’s a descendant of the Daly River people, West of Darwin and has spent the last 20 years living, working and creating across the Eora Nation. He graduated from the NIDA Design Course in 2005. In 2010, he designed the set for OF EARTH AND SKY for Bangarra and received a Green Room Award for […]

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  • Keerthi Subramanyam
    Costume Designer and Set Realiser
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    Keerthi is a Sydney based production and costume designer for film and live performance. Keerthi is a National Institute of Dramatic Art, BFA (Design for Performance, 2019) graduate, and a member of the Australian Production Design Guild. In her final year at NIDA, Keerthi worked as a set and costume designer on theatre shows including […]

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  • Chloe Ogilvie
    Lighting Designer
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    Chloe Ogilvie is a Yamatji Nanda woman from Western Australia, where she graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Specializing in Lighting Design.  Chloe works mostly as a designer but has crossed over into other areas such as Production Management and Event Coordination. Chloe has been a resident Artist with Black Swan for […]

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  • Kelsey Lee
    Associate Lighting Designer
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    Kelsey is a lighting, set and costume designer for theatre and film. Previously for Belvoir she designed the lighting for A Room of One’s Own, and for Belvoir’s 25A season in 2019, Kelsey designed the lighting for Extinction of The Learned Response, Skyduck and Kasama Kita. She has recently designed the lighting for Killing Katie […]

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  • Brendon Boney
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    Brendon’s work includes At What Cost?, Belvior Theatre, The 7 Stages ofGrieving, The Sydney Theatre Company- (Design Associate), Black Ties,Illbijerri Theatre- Musical Director & Composer, Winyanboga Yurringa,Black Cockatoo, Dubboo, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Gods of Wheat Street(ABC1), Redfern Now (SBS), Offspring (Network 10), Winners & Losers(Seven Network), Underbelly Chopper (The Nine Network) & MusicalContributor plus providing […]

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  • David Bergman
    Sound Designer
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    David is a leading video, music and sound designer for theatre, dance, opera, installation, and film. For Belvoir, David was co-sound designer for Packer and Sons. For Sydney Theatre Company, David was video designer for The Picture of Dorian Gray, sound designer for Playing Beatie Bow, video and sound designer for A Cheery Soul and The Wharf […]

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  • Nigel Poulton
    Intimacy and Fight Director
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    Nigel is an award-winning fight, movement, and intimacy director, SAG-AFTRA stunt performer and actor with over 17 years of national and international experience. Stage work includes: Stop Girl, Cursed!, Packer and Sons, Things I Know To Be True, Counting and Cracking, The Dance of Death, Sami in Paradise, The Sugar House, A Taste of Honey, Scorched(Belvoir); Prize Fighter (Belvoir/La Boite); Hamlet, Much […]

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  • Natalie Moir
    Stage Manager
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    Natalie is a graduate of WAAPA. Belvoir: CURSED!; The Dance of Death; Mr Burns(with STCSA); The Events (with STCSA & Malthouse Theatre); Ruby’s Wish. Sydney Theatre Company: The Testament of Mary; The Father (with MTC); Lethal Indifference; Saint Joan; Accidental Death of an Anarchist; Mosquitoes, Lord Of The Flies; Black Is The New White (2019 Tour). Griffin Theatre: Gloria. […]

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  • Jen Jackson
    Assistant Stage Manager
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    Jen Jackson (she/her) is a Korean-Australian stage manager, living and working on Gadigal land, with a particular passion for new Australian work and a commitment to diversity in theatre. After attending UNSW in a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Theatre & Performance, she continued her studies at NIDA with a degree in Technical Theatre & […]

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  • Brooke Kiss
    Assistant Stage Manager
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    For Belvoir, Brooke has worked as an Assistant Stage Manager (ASM) on Barbara and the Camp Dogs 2019 Tour, Stage Manager on Bliss, ASM on Sami In Paradise, rehearsal Stage Manager on Barbara and the Camp Dogs and ASM cover on Mr Burns. Brooke’s previous roles for other theatre companies include the following For Sydney Theatre Company; ASM on Playing Beatie Bow, Rules […]

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    Schools Performances are held on Wednesdays throughout the school year at Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills. All Schools Performances are followed by a Q&A session with the cast.

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    Schools can attend Thursday 17 February 1PM matinee for $24 per ticket or an evening performance from $45 per student.

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