Harry Joy is the blessed Australian – a childhood of mystical innocence, a home stuffed with love, he brings a smile to all he meets. Then, one warm afternoon on the front lawn, he dies. It’s only for a few minutes – he’s revived. But the world he wakes to is changed; his wife, children and friends all now seem avaricious monsters. And so it dawns on Harry Joy: he hasn’t survived his heart attack at all. He is in Hell.

Enter Honey Barbara, a hippy from the rainforest, wise to the ways of the big city. She and Harry melt back into the verdant bush, where their children tell a story of a Paradise Found.

Peter Carey’s classic novel performed by a terrific ensemble cast. Entertaining and a little bit epic, it might just offer a vision of hope…

A co-production with Malthouse Theatre


Marco Chiappi
Mark Coles Smith
Amber McMahon
Anna Samson
Mark Leonard Winter


By Peter Carey
Adapted for the stage by Tom Wright
Director Matthew Lutton
Set & Costume Designer Marg Horwell
Lighting Designer Paul Jackson
Sound Designer & Composer Stefan Gregory
Stage Manager Lisa Osborn
Assistant Stage Manager Millicent Simes

Performance Times

Tuesday & Wednesday 6.30pm
Thursday & Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 5pm

Previews (bookable)
8pm, 9 June
6.30pm, 10 June
8pm, 12 June

Opening Night (invitation only)
8pm, 13 June

Unwaged Performance
2pm, 12 July

Audio-described Performance
2pm, 14 July

Belvoir Briefing
6.30pm, 14 June


Book a subscription to secure tickets to Bliss and save up to 31% on the single ticket prices below.

Single tickets will go on sale in 2018.

Full Price $72
Subscriber Discount Rate $67
Seniors*/Groups (10 or more) $62
Concession† $49
30-Down# $47
Previews $40
Student Saver# $37

* Seniors prices are available with an Australian Government-issued Seniors Card. Groups (10+) tickets available at same price.
† Concession prices are available with a full-time Australian student card, all Centrelink Pensioner concession cards and Veteran Affairs’ cards, and to Industry members of Actors Equity (MEAA), AACTA, ASMA, ASDA, ARDA, AFTT, Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts, Actors Centre, Performance Space, Australian Writers’ Guild, Artshub and the NSW Writers’ Centre.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday matinee, Saturday evening. 

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