Nominated for the 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards –
Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting

Mob can’t survive like that, you can’t survive like that. We gotta talk to each other, as hard as it is, ’cause I guarantee you, that phone will ring and you’ll have to say goodbye again.

This beautiful little play is about life.

It begins with a death: on a hot morning under a house in Darwin, Ruben wakes to find his cousin Joe hanging from the rafters. What follows is the story of a family, buffeted by constant tragedy, holding itself together – as their people have done generation after generation. This play asks us: how do we deal with death? And how many other people does it take for each of us to live? Little by little, Ruben’s family brings him back from the edge.

Jada Alberts hails from Australia’s top end – Larrakia, Yanuwa, Bardi and Wardaman country. She is a recipient of The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award and is a commanding voice in the new generation of Australian theatre.

Acclaimed director/actor/writer Leah Purcell directs this intelligent, moving production.

Indigenous Theatre at Belvoir supported by The Balnaves Foundation


Cramer Cain
Lisa Flanagan
Rarriwuy Hick
Hunter Page-Lochard
Bjorn Stewart


By Jada Alberts
Director Leah Purcell
Set & Costume Designer Dale Ferguson
Lighting Designer Luiz Pampolha
Composer & Sound Designer Brendan O’Brien
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Keiren Smith



Alberts’ script is naturalistic, unpretentious, plain-speaking and generously salted with humour.

Jason Blake | The Sydney Morning Herald

Director Leah Purcell has created a powerfully moving production.

John McCallum | The Australian

Brothers Wreck is a superb piece of theatre… Go and see this play.

Jessica Keath | Concrete Playground

Alberts’ script grabs you by the heartstrings in the first few desperate minutes, and doesn’t let go.

Polly Simons | Stage Noise