A group of more or less ordinary Sydneysiders go about their lives: Anna makes toast, Henry dresses for work, Milla catches the train to school, Moses deals drugs – that kind of thing. But hovering above this unholy parade of life is the sobering fact that Milla will die before her 15th birthday.

Rita Kalnejais is a young playwright of uncommon genius. She looks at the humdrum world around us and sees something radically alive. Dogs, Paganini, figs, an eight-year-old Vietnamese violin prodigy, morphine, clear skies and a Latvian immigrant are amongst the magnificent conflagration of ingredients which make up this wonderful, funny play. Written specially for Belvoir, its theme is what Rita calls the violent sweetness of life.

Eamon Flack (The End, As You Like It) directs a play of unexpected brilliance about that very old and almost forgotten quality of life: grace.


Kathryn Beck
Helen Buday
David Carreon
Sean Chu
Russell Dykstra
Eamon Farren
Greg Stone
Sara West


By Rita Kalnejais
Director Eamon Flack
Set Designer Robert Cousins
Costume Designer Alice Babidge
Lighting Designer Niklas Pajanti
Composer Alan John
Sound Designer Steve Francis
Assistant Director Kit Brookman
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Liz Astey



The revelations and complexities of this powerful production linger long after it has ended. At the end the story comes back to the death scene of the opening and then moves beyond it, to a conclusion, with a score by Alan John, that is transcendently moving.

John McCallum | The Australian

Moving, confronting, hopeful and above all, humane, Babyteeth will leave many in tears.

Jason Blake | The Sydney Morning Herald

Babyteeth is accomplished, compelling and enjoyable.

Diana Simmons | Stage Noise